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Wednesday, July 5th - Spectrum Summit Conference

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome to the 22nd Spectrum Summit

09:45 - 10:20

Spectrum is infrastructure

10:20 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:05

Panel 1:
Challenges of network deployment and future spectrum access for 5G

12:05 - 13:35

Lunch Break

13:35 - 14:55

Panel 2:
Internet of Things: technology, regulation and spectrum

14:55 - 15:20

Coffee Break

15:20 - 16:40

Panel 3:
DTT of the future – more or less?


End of official conference program

Start of the Conference

Welcome to the 22nd Spectrum Summit!

Our members of the board are looking forward to welcoming you to the 22nd Spectrum Summit.


Spectrum is infrastructure

Speaker: Rupert Pearce

Chairman, ESOA
CEO, Inmarsat plc

In the emerging global digital society, connectivity is a mission-critical enabler as important to the planet as clean water and spectrum is infrastructure – not merely ‘fuel’ for broadcast and broadband networks, but instead the catalyst for pervasive, interoperable, heterogeneous, ultra-reliable next generation networks which will break down the digital divide and support a more productive, innovative, healthy, safe and fair world.

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Panel Discussion

Challenges of network deployment and future spectrum access for 5G

Moderation: Saul Friedner

Associate Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom

Momentum for the development of 5G technologies is gathering pace within 3GPP and a date for completion of the ‘New Radio’ (the name of 5G standard) has been identified for 2020. This means planning for new 5G networks and deployments should start as soon as possible, but mobile operators are still concentrating on expanding 4G coverage to achieve return on investment in Europe and beyond. This session explores some of the network deployment challenges and access to future spectrum bands identified for 5G. For example: How will authorization for new 5G spectrum bands be made? How will operators or new service providers plan and prepare for the deployment of potentially thousands of new small cells? What other technical, commercial and regulatory implications will arise in the roll out process?

Panelist / Speaker: Didier Chauveau

Deputy Director Spectrum Planning and International, ANFR

5G Spectrum in Europe: ready for 2020 and beyond?

  • Europe process to contribution to 5G spectrum: RSPG, CEPT, EC
  • On going activity in RSPG, and CEPT on 5G (26 GHz: harmonization, authorization, coverage)
  • Some issues before WRC-19 and how to embed WRC-19 results in future European harmonization process

Panelist / Speaker: Dr. Joe Butler

Director for Telecoms, UK Government

The connected future

Panelist / Speaker: Dr. Guillaume Lebrun

Director of Spectrum and Technology Policy, QUALCOMM

Panelist / Speaker: Ulrich Rehfuess

Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia

Spectrum access for 5G services

With tens of Gbit/s and ms latency, 5G promises to address many applications beyond mobile broadband, e.g. driving automation, smart grids, logistics, media production and distribution, factory floor automation. Some of these may require spectrum access solutions beyond network slices on 5G mobile networks which may include local, private network slices and sub-licensing of harmonised IMT bands of mobile network operators.

Panelist / Speaker: Dr. Howard Benn

Samsung Electronics R&D Institute

5G – From research to product

A successful radio product need spectrum and an industry approved technical standard, however the standards world is full of promising technologies that never make successful products. If the 5G mmWave bands get allocated will the communications industry be able to ship attractively priced products that people want to buy? This presentation gives a view on Samsung advanced 5G R&D covering recent work from radio propagation, beam steering performance to new developments on mmWave RFICs. It will also cover Samsung’s views on when 5G products will hit the market, which should help the regulatory and spectrum allocation community understand the need for continued focus on the run up to WRC-19.

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Lunch Break

Enjoy your lunch and exchange ideas and thoughts about the morning.

In case you have any specific food preferences, please let us know and we will make sure you will get a lunch that suits your preferences and needs.

Panel Discussion

Internet of Things: technology, regulation and spectrum

Moderation: Martin Sims

Managing Director, PolicyTracker

What do we need to do to encourage the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT)? The answer is uncertain because IoT encompasses such a range of different applications and technologies. Is it low data rates or high data rates? Is it short range or long range? Is it uni-directional or duplex? Are we talking about currently existing services or ones that will only emerge in the distant future? Pre-existing cheap technologies or expansive new visions? In this session we will try to tease out the likely development of IoT and examine whether the existing approach to spectrum, regulation and technology policy can ensure its future success.

Panelist / Speaker: Dr. Simon Dunkley

European Regulatory Director, Silver Spring Networks Ltd

WiSUN: delivering IoT services using radio mesh networks

Wi-SUN mesh is a globally established standard underpinning networks connecting an ever greater number of mission-critical IoT devices including smart electricity meters, substation transformers, streetlights and smart city sensors. The fundamentals of WiSUN will be explored, revealing the way in which this popular standard is being used to reliably connect over 40 million devices around the world.

Panelist / Speaker: Thomas Schmidt

Regulatory Affairs & Spectrum Manager, SIGFOX

Regulatory framework and spectrum for the Internet of Things

The internet of things is now recognized as a key evolution. While its fast development will foster a wide range of innovations in numerous sectors, governments are actively reviewing their regulations to adapt to new business models and technologies. This presentation introduces technologies enabling the IoT and spectrum and regulatory related issues, with a focus on LPWAN and unlicensed spectrum.

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Panel Discussion

DTT of the future – more or less?

Moderation: Richard Womersley

Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom

With the advent of digital video, television is undergoing one of the most significant changes since the introduction of color. Video on demand and over the top services are becoming everyday, and using their tablets and smartphones, the younger generation are watching far less traditional linear content. This session will explore the continuing role of DTT as part of the changing television landscape and examine whether and how DTT will need to adapt to face the challenges of the future.

Panelist / Speaker: Chris Vinall

Customer Solutions Architect, Cisco

Video is just another service for IP networks

As video distribution becomes just another workload for networks and datacenters, and as off-the-shelf IT equipment is now able to deliver the high-quality broadcast-like experience viewers expect, Internet Protocol (IP) has become the natural choice for building video entertainment services.

Panelist / Speaker: Alex Buchan

Head of Wireless Technologies, DTG

A secure future for DTT

The EU recently set out a proposal ensuring use of sub-700 MHz spectrum for broadcast services until at least 2030. DTT remains one of the most efficient and successful methods for viewing TV. This proposal provides a secure future for the platform. The presentation looks at how DTT will build from this strong position and evolve in line with new usage models.

Panelist / Speaker: Helen Charles

Senior Policy Adviser, BBC

An audience-led future for DTT

DTT is still the predominant TV choice of UK households, but that could change – especially for younger viewers. Over the next decade, the BBC will move at the pace of audiences, allowing adoption of new technology at the viewer’s own pace. This audience-led approach suggests the best future for DTT is in hybrid platforms which offer live, on-demand, mobile and in-home viewing options and encourage take-up of new services.

Panelist / Speaker: Miguel Jácome Henriques

Head of Licensing Division, ANACOM

The free-up of the 700MHz band in Portugal

In Portugal the availability of the 2nd digital dividend by mid 2020 necessarily implies the migration from the DTT single frequency network (SFN).
As the penetration of DTT in Portugal has been gradually declining, currently it accounts for about 21.5% of the residential population. It therefore makes sense to consider using alternative means, other than the terrestrial platform, to ensure the population's access to unrestricted free-to-air television program services, based on a possibly more efficient and advantageous model.

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Thursday, July 6th - Post Summit Workshops

  • Spectrum-as-a-Service for verticals
  • Spectrum in the sky - reaching new highs
  • New methods for smart spectrum efficiency
  • Big results from Big Data - mapping spectrum use

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