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Spectrum for Everyone & Everything


Spectrum for the wireless age - the challenges ahead

Harald Berninghaus

Deputy Head of Unit for Digital Society, Frequency Policy and Mobile Communications, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Panel Discussion 1

5G spectrum for industry verticals

Moderation: Saul Friedner

Associate Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom

In Europe, there has been increasing activity towards new approaches for spectrum access for verticals in relation to the deployment of 5G. In Germany, BNetzA reserved 100 MHz in the 3.7 – 3.8 GHz band for use by verticals on a shared basis in localized environments. Although the decision was not popular with MNOs, we see other European countries taking an interest in innovative authorization approaches, such as the activities underway in the UK. For example, Ofcom has identified that shared access to spectrum can help with ‘market expansion’ i.e. targeting areas that are not considered economic by MNOs. Will this trend continue throughout Europe and will we see a growth in shared spectrum access in 3.7- 4.2 GHz bands and others for verticals? How will this battle between the mobile operators and the verticals play out against/for exclusive spectrum. This panel session will address some of these issues.


Our speakers:

Paul Senior

Dense Air

Dr. Christoph Bach

Ericsson GmbH

Heli Frosterus


Dr. María Dolores Pérez Guirao

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Christian Bauer

TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co KG, 5G-ACIA

Panel Discussion 2

Keeping spectrum clean

Moderation: Richard Womersley

Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom

New wireless services are being introduced all the time, and in the run-up to WRC-19 regulators, manufacturers and end-users are arguing over who should be allocated which piece of the radio spectrum. However, unless the radio spectrum is kept clean, none of these developments will be possible. As more wireless devices use the spectrum, and as non-radio devices (such as computers, converters and fixed line technologies) use ever higher frequencies, the amount of background noise is increasing. Some frequency bands in some areas are already unusable, and if action is not taken, the whole spectrum could be plagued by harmful noise. In this panel, we will explore the causes of this increase in noise, the effect it is having on wireless services, and the methods that could be used to mitigate the problem.


Our speakers:

Ralf Trautmann

Bundesnetzagentur / Chairman of ITU-R WP 1C

Bjørn Skeie

Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

Barry Lewis

IARU Region 1

Simon Dunkley

Itron Metering Solutions UK Ltd

Michael Braun

Vision2Comm GmbH

Panel Discussion 3

Will 5G encompass broadcasting?

Moderation: Martin Sims

Managing Director, PolicyTracker

With trials commenced to accommodate broadcasting in LTE, and with the mobile standards being updated to respond to broadcasters’ needs concerning capacity, cell sizes and privacy, the ground finally seems set for a transition to TV broadcasting via mobile networks. What acceptance will this find amongst broadcasters, mobile operators and viewers?


Our speakers:

David Hemingway

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Marcello Lombardo

EBU (European Broadcasting Union)

Christian Sautter


Uwe Löwenstein

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co OHG