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Keynote / Interview

Martin Sims in Conversation with Alexander Kühn

Professional Experience:

Alexander Kühn is lawyer with a keen interest in technology and a rich 20-year background in spectrum regulation across national, European, and international levels. He notably headed Germany's delegation at the recent WRC-23 and played a key role in steering CEPT through WRC-15 and WRC-19, demonstrating profound expertise and leadership in telecommunications regulation.


Present Activities:

Alexander Kühn is Chairman of the ITU-R Conference Preparatory Meeting for WRC-27 and, since 2021, leads a section at the German regulatory authority, overseeing spectrum planning, allocation, and experimental licenses.

Professional Experience:

Martin Sims is a specialist in spectrum policy, with a career spanning over 17 years. In 2004, he founded PolicyTracker, where he has been instrumental in analysing spectrum issues, producing research reports for clients, and acting as a consultant to governments, regulators, and companies. He has also designed training courses on auctions and spectrum management, delivering bespoke training for regulators. Additionally, Martin pursued a parallel career as an academic, specializing in telecoms and broadcasting policy while working at the University of East London and other institutions.


Present Activities:

Currently, as Managing Director of PolicyTracker, he is further developping his expertise in online tools and research services to analyze spectrum policy issues. Martin has co-authored and edited two books on spectrum liberalisation. He continues to provide consultancy services and training courses on spectrum management, and has played a key role in spectrum auctions in Nigeria and the European Commission's spectrum authorisation study in 2017.

WRC-23 Debrief: Where do we go from here?  

Panel Discussion 1 | Moderator: Manuel Rascado-Marti

Professional Experience:

As a Spectrum Policy Consultant at LS telcom UK, Manuel manages global consulting assignments with a focus on regulatory policy, strategic planning, and radio spectrum management. He is well-versed in intersections of policy, strategy, and innovation, as well as domestic and international spectrum policy activities.

With prior roles at the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and as analyst and senior reporter for PolicyTracker, he possesses a comprehensive and independent perspective of the wireless sector. Manuel's commitment extends beyond his day-to-day role at LS telcom, having served as Vice Chair of the Digital Europe Spectrum Group and currently chairing Cluster 1 at the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

Manuel holds a master's in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

Professional Experience:

Alexander Kühn is lawyer with a keen interest in technology and a rich 20-year background in spectrum regulation across national, European, and international levels. He notably headed Germany's delegation at the recent WRC-23 and played a key role in steering CEPT through WRC-15 and WRC-19, demonstrating profound expertise and leadership in telecommunications regulation.


Present Activities:

Alexander Kühn is Chairman of the ITU-R Conference Preparatory Meeting for WRC-27 and, since 2021, leads a section at the German regulatory authority, overseeing spectrum planning, allocation, and experimental licenses.

Professional Experience:

A career civil servant, James has covered a variety of roles such as employment law, export controls, nuclear security and since 2008, radio spectrum policy. He has worked on the 4G auction (2012-13) and UK Spectrum Strategy (2014) and the Public Sector Spectrum Release Programme (2010-2022) when covering Government spectrum policy and since 2019 he has been in Defence’s spectrum policy team.


Present Activities:

Since joining Ministry of Defence James has worked on policy for different ways MOD could share spectrum with civil users, balancing the economic benefits with protecting our national security capabilities. He has also continued to work on the Public Sector Spectrum Release Programme and on the release of 26GHz spectrum.

Studio Magazine

Studio Magazine | Moderator: Heiko Ross

Professional Experience:

Heiko graduated from Northeastern University in Boston/Massachusetts with a degree in Business Administration. Before he started working with LS telcom in 1997, Heiko did multiple internships in various market segments including banking, automotive and manufacturing.

At LS telcom, he started off as a product manager for frequency planning and coordination software. Later, Heiko joined the sales team to become regional sales manager. Today, Heiko is leading global marketing and sales operations at LS telcom. During his career at LS telcom, Heiko has been exposed to multicultural experiences dealing with business partners and customers from all over the world. He has participated in numerous international conferences and given speeches about radio communications, professional spectrum management and radio monitoring.

Convergence of Wireless Networks - Will there be true Convergence in Future?

Panel Discussion 2 | Moderator: Saul Friedner

Professional Experience:

Saul has worked in the wireless technology and spectrum management sector for over twenty years. He started his career at Ofcom, the UK regulator and moved into consulting 14 years ago. In this time he has delivered many technical consulting projects for a range of global clients and worked across a range of technologies including 2G/3G/4G/5G, Wi-Fi and IoT for regulators, enterprises and operators. Saul’s extensive knowledge helps businesses and public sector organisations understand the complexities of the latest technologies.


Present Activities:

Saul is currently working on a number of projects including a study for a regulator on developing their regulatory policies for different radio services, an interference analysis study for a global firm and technology feasibility study for a UK transport authority.