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Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and the increased measures now in place in Washington D.C., this conference will now be a fully virtual event. The schedule and dates (October 12 & 13) remain unchanged but it will now be held entirely online, on our virtual event platform.

10th Americas Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 10th Americas Spectrum Management Conference will take place on 12 & 13 October 2021. The event will now take place in a fully virtual format and  provide a platform for stakeholders to come together to discuss the most topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the US, Canada and wider Americas region.
 
During the 2 days attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, networking opportunities, exhibition areas and much more.
 
The conference is part of the Global Spectrum Series.  The world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences

Key Themes

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New administration, new priorities? Where are we currently and what lies ahead?

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Maximising the potential of spectrum sharing – innovative new technology and policy thinking

5G

Private 5G networks – access mechanisms, spectrum bands and emerging new business models

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Delivering universal service… A focus on The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and delivering universal, affordable broadband across the Americas

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Emerging mid-band eco systems – including C-band, 6GHz, CBRS, and the 12GHz band

THIS CONFERENCE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AS  A FULLY VIRTUAL EVENT

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and the increased measures now in place in Washington D.C., this conference will now be a fully virtual event. The schedule and dates (October 12 & 13) remain unchanged but it will now be held entirely online, on our virtual event platform.

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Global
www.forum-global.com
Forum Global specializes in policy focused conferences and events, providing a platform for discussion and debate on topical issues across a variety of different sectors. These events are organized with clients and partners and aim to progress ideas and actions on important issues, all within a balanced and neutral setting.Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which was founded by Giles Merritt, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and is widely recognized as the leading EU dedicated event provider.Headed by a team of events specialists with over 19 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
Event Partner
Airbus
www.airbus.com
Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defence as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader. Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international – with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.Innovation has always been a driving force at Airbus, which promotes cutting-edge technologies and scientific excellence to contribute to global progress. Through its predecessor companies, Airbus pioneered many of the technologies that helped conquer the skies and are now part of everyday life. Airbus encourages its industry-leading experts to push their boundless imaginations, moving the company into the Industry 4.0 era and inventing new possibilities for the future of flight: from manned and unmanned vehicles for urban mobility, to hybrid and electric propulsion systems for cleaner aviation.With its Zephyr platform Airbus is providing a High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) that fills a capability gap between satellites and UAVs running exclusively on solar power and flying above the weather and above commercial air traffic. Zephyr can deliver numerous payload capabilities across two platforms: Zephyr S and the more capable Zephyr T with a unique twin tail design. Zephyr T is able to carry larger payloads for applications such widespread, persistent internet coverage to remote areas of the globe.
Event Partner
AT&T
https://www.att.com/
Company bio to appear here shortly.
Event Partner
ATDI
https://atdi.com/
ATDI are global leaders in the development and implementation of automated spectrum management solutions. For over three decades we have backed nearly 100 spectrum regulation authorities. Our solutions continue to evolve to meet the growing needs of civil and defence regulators and ITU guidelines. We help them manage and optimise spectrum, enable frequency sharing, and automate resource-intensive processes. ATDI’s complete automated spectrum management system features web-service portals, to enable customers to manage radio spectrum access more efficiently and flexibly across the spectrum lifecycle. Our solutions cover every regulatory function and feature significant flexibility to allow for technology and process change. These solutions are supported by a powerful database engine that allows complex workflows to be automated, reducing user interactions and improving the overall efficiency. Our greatest resource is our industry experience and understanding of the market dynamics. ATDI is committed to recruiting and retaining the best industry personnel, who understand what it takes to get the job done. The foundations of our success are understanding our customer's in-depth requirements. Against that we prioritise and design solutions to meet those needs.
Event Partner
Charter Communications
https://corporate.charter.com/
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 31 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals.
Event Partner
Commscope
www.commscope.com
Company bio to appear here shortly.
Event Partner
CTIA
www.ctia.org
CTIA represents the U.S. wireless communications industry. From carriers and equipment manufacturers to mobile app developers and content creators, we bring together a dynamic group of companies that enable consumers to lead a 21st Century connected life.As the voice of America’s wireless industry, CTIA:- Advocates for legislative and regulatory policies at federal, state, and local levels that foster the continued innovation, investment and increasing economic impact of America’s wireless industry. CTIA is active on a wide range of issues including spectrum policy, wireless infrastructure, and the Internet of Things, among others. - Convenes the industry to tackle our most difficult challenges and coordinates voluntary best practices and initiatives. CTIA works with members to develop test plans and certification processes for mobile devices, coordinates with members and other industry leaders to ensure the security of mobile networks and devices, and leads industry initiatives to enhance accessibility, improve 9-1-1 location accuracy, deter phone theft and encourage safe driving.- Promotes our members through numerous campaigns aimed at building awareness among policymakers and the general public, as well as through industry-leading events on topics ranging from cybersecurity to 5G.For more information, visit CTIA’s website at ctia.org or follow CTIA on Twitter: @CTIA
Event Partner
Ericsson
www.ericsson.com
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front.Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
Event Partner
Federated Wireless
www.federatedwireless.com
Federated Wireless is leading the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, unlocking a spectrum of possibilities by eliminating the decades-old problem of spectrum scarcity. Federated Wireless offers the industry’s first Spectrum Controller, enabling government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band for delivering high-performance wireless services without impacting quality of service. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, allowing for the creation of new wireless carriers and business models. For more information please visit, www.federatedwireless.com.
Event Partner
Facebook
www.facebook.com
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Event Partner
GSMA
www.GSMA.com
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Event Partner
LYA
www.lya.com
LYA is an expert consultant to the telecommunications and broadcasting industry focused on strategic advice, research and spectrum matters including auctions.LYA’s focus is on providing value-added services in development and implementation of strategy and business plans, investment analysis, support of acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence reviews and financial modelling. We provide regulatory and policy analysis, including expert evidence, and auction consulting services. LYA’s clients include mobile carriers, investors and regulators.LYA has independently developed Auction Platforms supporting different formats (SMRA, CCA, and clock auctions). LYA’s Auction Platforms have been used extensively to conduct mock auctions and simulations leveraging robot bidder capabilities. The Platforms are secure and configurable for use by auctioneers. The LYA team brings experience and expertise across different auction formats, spectrum bands and applications around the world.LYA also offers its clients the ability to conduct private auctions of spectrum licenses or other assets and handles all key tasks supporting the sale. Please visit www.LYA.com for more details.
Event Partner
Lynk
https://lynk.world/
Lynk’s groundbreaking and patented technology allows people to affordably connect to anyone, anywhere, with just the mobile phone in their pocket. Providing universal connectivity across the planet allows people in far-flung communities to connect, grow, and thrive by participating in local and global economies.We’re the only company that can connect you to anyone on the planet—no one else has successfully connected a phone on Earth to a satellite in space—the critical first step to providing universal mobile broadband connectivity.The genesis of Lynk stems from the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, where one of the company’s founders saw first-hand the need to connect Ebola frontline health workers in one of the most remote regions of the world. By inventing the technology that is solving major connectivity problems for the planet—we are helping to protect billions of people vulnerable to the diseases, disasters, and emergencies that can strike any of us ... at any time.
Event Partner
OneWeb
www.oneweb.world
Event Partner
CBRS Alliance
www.cbrsalliance.com
The OnGo Alliance believes that 4G and 5G solutions, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. In order to maximize the full potential of shared spectrum, the OnGo Alliance aims to enable a robust ecosystem towards making OnGo solutions available. The mission of the OnGo Alliance is to evangelize 4G and 5G OnGo technology, use cases and business opportunities while simultaneously driving technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator capabilities. The Alliance also established an effective product certification program for OnGo equipment in the U.S. 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperability. For more information, please visit www.ongoalliance.org and follow the OnGo Alliance on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Event Partner
Economists Incorporated
www.ei.com
Economists Incorporated is a premier consulting firm specializing in the application of economic and statistical methods to the fields of law and economics, business strategy, and public policy. For nearly 40 years, economists at EI have used cutting edge techniques to assist governments, corporate clients, and law firms engaged in complex strategic, regulatory, and legal matters. Experts at EI are recognized leaders in their areas of expertise, including competition policy, auctions and market design, labor and employment, finance, and regulated industries. We draw on this expertise to provide our clients with accurate analysis and results.
Event Partner
The Satellite Industry Association
www.sia.org
The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) was formed in 1995 by several major US satellite companies as a forum to discuss issues and develop industry-wide positions on shared business, regulatory and policy interests. SIA grew out of the Satellite Super Skyway Coalition, a voluntary alliance of major satellite players, galvanized into action in early 1993 when the U.S. Government began advancing the idea of a Global Information Infrastructure (GII). The success of the coalition in defining the role of satellites in the GII strengthened ties between major industry players and sowed the seeds for what today is the Satellite Industry Association. Since that time, SIA has developed into a full service 501(c) (6) trade association representing the commercial satellite industry. SIA has established active working groups involved with a host of policy issues including: regulatory issues (satellite licensing, spectrum allocation and regulatory policy); government services, public safety, export control policy, and international trade issues. SIA is now a recognized focal point for the U.S. satellite industry in Washington, D.C., representing and advocating industry positions with key policy makers on Capitol Hill and with the White House, Federal Communication Commission and most Executive Branch departments and agencies.
Event Partner
Sitenna
https://sitenna.com/
Sitenna has been built with all stakeholders in mind.
Event Partner
T-Mobile
www.t-mobile.com
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to approximately 59 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com.
Event Partner
UWB Alliance
uwballiance.org
Since 2019, UWB has been expanding into a mainstream consumer technology for smartphones, wearables, automotive and industry, forecasted to drive sales volumes in excess of one billion devices annually by 2025.Building upon the standardization work performed by our staff and members within the IEEE on the 802.15.4z, we are focussed on providing a favourable regulatory and spectrum management landscape to maximize UWB growth. This includes working to secure new advantageous rulesets in the upcoming reviews in USA and Europe to expand the use cases for UWB technology.We are also heavily involved in optimizing spectrum sharing whilst minimizing interference. We evangelise coexistence for the expanding Wireless Multiverse and work with members and stakeholders to provide thought leadership on strategies to “make it all work together”.
Event Partner
Verizon
www.verizon.com
Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 100 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 180,900.
Event Partner
Viasat
www.viasat.com
Company bio to appear here shortly.
Supporting Partner
CCA
https://www.ccamobile.org/
CCA was founded in 1992 by nine rural and regional wireless carriers as a carrier centric organization. Since its founding, CCA has grown to become the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers serving all areas of the United States.Headquartered in Washington, DC, CCA advocates on behalf of its members’ interests and works to educate policymakers on the key issues that impact its members’ ability to compete, survive, and thrive. Currently these issues include access to spectrum, access to devices, access to networks, streamlining infrastructure deployment, universal service fund (USF) reform, Next-Generation 911 (NG911) solutions, among others.Advocating before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House, and Congress, CCA works to ensure that its members’ voices and views are heard not only by policymakers but also by the media, third parties, and throughout the entire wireless industry.
Supporting Partner
Next G Alliance
https://nextgalliance.org/
The Next G Alliance is a bold new initiative to advance North American mobile technology leadership over the next decade through private sector-led efforts. With a strong emphasis on technology commercialization, the work will encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.Next G Alliance aims to: - Advance North American global leadership over the 5G evolutionary path and 6G early development.- Create a Next G development roadmap that will promote a vibrant marketplace for 6G introduction, adoption and commercialization with North American innovation in mind.- Develop a set of national priorities that will influence government applied research funding and promote incentivized government actions.- Progress a North American model that promotes development across the full lifecycle of research to realization, aligned with commercialization outcomes.
Knowledge Partner
Aetha Consulting
www.aethaconsulting,com
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend.We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
Knowledge Partner
Nera Consulting
www.nera.com
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Speakers include:

Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

Acting Chairwoman
FCC
Evelyn Remaley

Evelyn Remaley

Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
NTIA
Javier Juárez

Javier Juárez

Commissioner
IFT, Mexico
Chantal Davis

Chantal Davis

Senior Director, Regulatory Policy
ISED Canada
Branimir Stantchev

Branimir Stantchev

Head of Sector, "Spectrum for Wireless Broadband"
European Commission
Rachel Bender

Rachael Bender

Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Verizon
Tom Stroup

Tom Stroup

President
SIA
Jennifer McCarthy

Jennifer McCarthy

VP, Legal Advocacy
Federated Wireless
Margo Deckard

Margo Deckard

COO
Lynk
Antonio Garcia Zaballos

Antonio García Zaballos

Lead Specialist Telecommunications - Broadband Platform Coordinator
Inter- American Development Bank
Amy Mehlman

Amy Mehlman

VP, US Government Affairs & Policy
Viasat
Brian Daly

Brian Daly

Steering Group Co-Chair
Next G Alliance
Dave Wright

Dave Wright

President
OnGo Alliance
Colleen King

Colleen King

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Charter
Veena Rawat

Veena Rawat

Senior Spectrum Advisor
GSMA

Agenda

All times are US Eastern (EDT)

Day 1
2021-10-12
Day 2
2021-10-13
09:00 - 09:20
Keynote Presentation
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Jessica Rosenworcel
Acting Chairwoman, FCC
09:20 - 10:35
Session 1: New administration, new priorities? Where are we currently and what lies ahead?

The arrival of the Biden administration earlier this year brought with it sweeping changes across all areas of federal Government. This session will look at what it may mean for the FCC, and for spectrum policy more broadly. It will focus on what lies ahead for the FCC under its new leadership, at the areas in which policy and enforcement priorities may shift, and crucially, what this might mean for the future spectrum policy framework in the US and the wider Americas.

 

  • What should be the priorities for the new administration in order to ensure that the power and promise of spectrum is maximized for citizens everywhere?
  • What key objectives and programmes remain from on the table from the previous administration? In which areas may there be a change in priorities and where is it like to see a continuation down the same path?
  • With the challenge of addressing the country’s digital infrastructure challenges and the digital divide a consistent priority for the Biden team, how may the approach in this area change?
  • Definition of broadband – how do FCC define it? Will funding be dependent on speed, and if so, what should be the targets?
  • What should be the balance with regards to making spectrum available on a licenced and unlicenced basis; and of spectrum sharing vs exclusive licences?
  • What key bands are likely to be considered next in the spectrum ‘pipeline’?
  • With the ever increasing demand on spectrum that is being seen, is there a need to revisit relationships between federal agencies and explore closer co-ordination when it comes to allocating spectrum and resolving disputes?
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Moderator: Scott Wallsten
President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
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Umair Javed
Acting Chief Counsel, FCC
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Derek Khlopin
Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary, NTIA
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Tom Power
SVP & General Counsel, CTIA
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Tom Stroup
President, SIA
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Alex Roytblat
Vice President, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs, WiFi Alliance
10:35 - 10:55
Break
10:55 - 12:00
Session 2: Maximising the potential of spectrum sharing – innovative new technology and policy thinking

Spectrum sharing isn’t new, but with modern technologies continuing to evolve and the ‘squeeze’ on spectrum showing no sign of letting up, today there is a greater emphasis than ever before on using sharing to maximise efficiency. This is demonstrated in the US by President Biden requesting $39 million be made available in his fiscal budget for 2022 to “…support the development and deployment of broadband and 5G technologies by identifying innovative approaches to spectrum sharing.” This session will look at innovative approaches to spectrum sharing that are already being deployed in the Americas and all around the world, and at the emerging new technological and policy tools that can help further increase the potential of sharing. It will look at the tools and techniques that are available to both regulators and industry to ensure that spectrum is allocated and utilised in the most efficient way possible, and in a way that encourages innovation whilst protecting the rights of all.

 

  • What policy and technological innovations are being seen that can help to increase spectrum efficiency, and what research is being done to identifying new and innovative approaches to spectrum sharing?
  • What new methods and techniques of spectrum sharing are emerging both in the US and elsewhere?
  • How are sharing techniques evolving and becoming more sophisticated, and how can these developments be best harnessed to increase efficiency and protect the rights of all users?
  • What potential does IIC (Incumbent Informing Capability) technology offer in helping to facilitate additional sharing between federal and commercial users in the 3.45GHz band and other key bands?
  • What challenges would sharing in this way bring for MNOs, and to what extent is there a way to ensure the require reliable and predictable access to spectrum that they require?
  • What other models and coordination plans are being considered to enable sharing in the 3.45GHz band and other key frequencies?
  • What is the current situation in the 3.1GHz – 3.45GHz band, and to what extent is there potential for the spectrum here to be made available on a shared basis?
  • What future is there for TV whitespace technologies and sharing using dynamic spectrum access more generally?
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Moderator: Robert Yates
Co-President, LYA
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Ron Repasi
Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
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Charles Cooper
Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA
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Tim Harrington
Chairman, UWB Alliance
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Patrick Welsh
Director, Federal Government Affairs, Verizon
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Representative, Google
12:00 - 12:45
Lunch
12:45 - 13:50
Session 3: Private 5G networks – access mechanisms, spectrum bands and emerging new business models

As they look to meet the many varied connectivity requirements of different vertical industries, regulators are increasingly moving away from the traditional model of solely allocating spectrum to MNOs, and instead looking at the option of providing access directly to these end-users, enabling them to develop their own private, localised networks. In the US, a spectrum sharing framework in the CBRS band has been set up to deliver spectrum for vertical businesses alongside a number of other key users, whilst in other countries, some regulators have set-aside a portion of spectrum in priority 5G bands for enterprises so they can build their own private 5G networks. This session will look at the different approaches that are being considered, and the best way forward to deliver connectivity to enterprises in the most efficient and reliable way possible. With this exploration of models that are different to the traditional method of networks being solely operated by MNOs, it will also look at the impact that this may have on business models and relationships between network operators and vertical users, and at the potential for new partnerships to develop for the benefit of all.

 

  • What access mechanisms and spectrum bands are being used around the world to provide spectrum to meet the varied use cases of vertical users?
  • What approaches and incentives can be used to incentives use of spectrum and to make sure that bandwidth is not left lying fallow?
  • How can it be ensured that power limits are set at the right level to ensure no interference across the range of different environments that private networks may be set up?
  • What is the situation in the US, and to what extent can bands such as the CBRS and UHF band help to meet connectivity needs to deliver private networks?
  • How can governments and regulators develop spectrum policies that maximise value of spectrum and deliver connectivity to enterprises in the most efficient and reliable way possible? What can be done to deliver the required flexibility whilst avoiding the possible pit-falls of under-utilisation and fragmentation?
  • What examples of network operators working alongside private enterprises and other parties to deliver vertical connectivity are being seen, and what innovative models are emerging?
  • To what extent can the emergence of private local networks provide a new business case for MNOs, and how may business models change?
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Moderator: Richard Marsden
Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting
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Ethan Lucarelli
Acting Legal Advisor, Wireless & Public Safety, to Chairwoman, FCC
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Campbell Massie
Advocacy Manager, North America, GSMA
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Dave Wright
President, CBRS Alliance
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Branimir Stantchev
Head of Sector, "Spectrum for Wireless Broadband", European Commission
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Representative, Vertical / End User
13:50 - 14:55
Session 4: Meeting the spectrum needs of the next generation of space-based connectivity

With the emergence of a rapidly increasing number of NGSO and SmallSat networks alongside more traditional GSO networks it is estimated that more satellites will be launched in the next 2-3 years than in the last 50 years combined. Alongside the exciting new opportunities that this will bring, this also brings with it a dramatic increase in satellite demand for spectrum, as well as a number of regulatory challenges, including with regards to licencing rules and frameworks. This session will look at this in more detail. It will explore the innovative new technologies and business models that are being seen within the space sector today, and the challenge and opportunities that this provides. It will look at the extent to which current rules and regulations governing access to spectrum are still sufficient in this rapidly evolving sector, and discuss the best way forward to ensure a future-proof and flexible spectrum licencing system to protect all users and allow the next generation of space based connectivity to flourish.

 

  • What licencing models and rules currently guide access to spectrum for satellite systems?
  • With the current framework designed for GSO satellite networks, are they still appropriate for more complex NGSO systems?
  • Is a first come, first served (FCFS) licensing procedure still appropriate in this rapidly evolving and fast moving sector?
  • What measures have been taken by the FCC to streamline licencing laws for constellations smaller than 10 satellites and what impact will this have?
  • Should NGSO satellites be allowed to operate within the same spectrum bands as GEO satellites, and to what extent is there a risk of interference in this scenario?
  • What is the current situation regarding access to spectrum for launch vehicles, and is there a need to revisit current frameworks around this in order to provide the flexibility and predictability that is required within this growing sector?
  • What innovative new examples are being seen of satellite operators working directly with MNOs to deliver connectivity using LTE frequencies?
  • What is the future of this new model of co-operation between satellite and mobile, and how can it be managed? To what extent is there/should there be a regulatory framework for these emerging new uses?
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Karl Kensinger
Chief of the Satellite Division, FCC
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Amy Mehlman
Vice President, US Government Affairs and Policy, Viasat
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Margo Deckard
COO, Lynk
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Representative, SpaceX
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Representative, SIA
14:55 - 15:15
Break
Session 5: Delivering Universal Service
15:15 - 16:25
Session 5i: A focus on…The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

Phase I of the RDOF reverse auction took place late last year, with 180 winning bidders gaining funding to deploy high-speed broadband to more than 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses. The winners included cable operators, electric cooperatives, incumbent telcos, satellite companies and fixed wireless providers. Bidding was so competitive that only $8bn of the budgeted $16bn was awarded in the end, leaving $12bn left for phase 2 of the auction which will focus on ‘underserved’ areas. This session will look in details at the design, structures, outcomes and ‘winners and losers’ of the phase 1 awards. Looking forward, it will assess the extent to which the auction is likely to be successful in achieving its objectives of helping to deliver universal service, and what the outcomes might mean for phase 2 of the auction as well as for future auctions and awards more broadly.

 

  • What auction design and structures were used in RDOF phase 1, and how did this impact the outcomes?
  • Who were the big winners and losers?
  • With a lot of successful bids coming from fibre providers, might this have any impact on the future of wireless broadband solutions and specifically FWA in rural regions?
  • Did the FCC authorise bidders in a way that ensure they were in a position to be able to serve the respective areas?
  • Should it be the case to be qualified in a state to receive should somehow be tied to existing operations of the bidding company?
  • Were the rules prioritising higher tiers a fair way to organise things?
  • To what extent can the new approach and design taken with the RDOF auctions be deemed to be a success, and what might this mean for future auctions and awards?
  • As we move towards phase 2 of RDOF, how much of an impact might the updates being made to the FCC broadband maps have of the scope of areas that are being designated as ‘underserved’?
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Moderator: Hector Lopez
Associate Director, Nera Economic Consulting
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Michael Janson
Assistant Chief, Office of Economics & Analytics, FCC
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Johanne Lemay
Co-President, LYA
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Alexi Maltas
SVP & General Counsel, CCA
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Brian Regan
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Chief of Staff, Starry (tbc)
16:25 - 17:30
Session 5ii: Where next? Standing up to the challenge of delivering universal, affordable broadband across the Americas

Having focussed specifically on RDOF in the last session, this session will now turn more broadly to focus on the work that is being done to connect communities all over the US, Canada and the wider Americas region. Alongside broadband availability and universal service, it will also consider affordability – according to a recent study, more Americans today have access to broadband but choose not to subscribe than Americans who have no access – principally because of cost. Speakers will look at the different policy and technology tools that exist to deliver the universal, affordable broadband across the region that is required. It will look at work that is being done to smooth network deployment on tribal lands and elsewhere, and the extent to which these efforts and initiatives across the Americas can finally make a difference in successfully closing the digital divide.

 

  • What are the goals for Universal Service delivery in the US and elsewhere across the Americas, and how can regulators work alongside other stakeholders to ensure that these goals are met?
  • With now more money than ever available to support the delivery of universal service, what should be the next steps?
  • What mix of different technologies will be required in order to help to meet the ultimate goal of universal broadband availability and affordability across the region?
  • To what extent can fixed wireless access be part of the solution?
  • What should be considered as the definition of ‘broadband’, and what should minimum acceptable levels be in terms of key aspects such as speed and latency?
  • What can be done to address the issue of affordability, and how can it be ensured that this is prioritized alongside infrastructure rollout?
  • What work is being done to ease broadband deployment on tribal lands and to encourage collaboration among federal agencies and individual tribes?
  • What progress is being made to deliver rural connectivity in Canada and elsewhere across the Americas?
  • What impact can 5G have on delivering rural connectivity – can it be the ‘silver bullet’ that some have claimed?
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
VP, Strategy, Sitenna
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Beth Fujimoto
AVP, Public Policy, AT&T
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Jean-Charles Fahmy
President & CEO, Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), Canada
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Antonio García Zaballos
Lead Specialist Telecommunications - Broadband Platform Coordinator, Inter-American Development Bank
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Representative, Satellite*
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Representative, T-Mobile
Session 6: Emerging mid-band ecosystems

A number of awards and other key decisions have taken place over the past 12 months on some of the most sought after mid-band frequency ranges. This morning’s sessions will look at the ecosystems that are now emerging, and what the next steps are from here.

09:00 - 10:20
Session 6i: What next for the C-band in Canada and US?

Auction 107 took place in the US last year, allocating 280MHz of prime C-band spectrum to mobile operators. Over $80 billion was raised in total, with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile snapping up a large percentage of the 5,684 licences that were available. Satellite operators will receive $9.7 billion in incentive payments to vacate the band relatively quickly, and will also be reimbursed for the costs of changing their networks. C-band auctions are also underway in Canada, with the first awards expected to take place before the date of this conference and more set to follow shortly. With spectrum in the C-band now finally becoming available for operators across North America, this session will take stock, and ask ‘what next’? It will look at the progress being made in the transition and in clearing the band in the US, and at the likely timeframe ahead across the region for services to come live.

 

  • What progress has been made in the transition and in clearing the band since the US C-band auctions, and what timeframe can be expected to see services go live?
  • Given the record prices seen in the auctions, what strategies and plans are in place from operators to find the additional investment now required for network infrastructure and rollout?
  • What results were seen in the first C-band auction in Canada, and what can be expected in the second round?
  • What mechanisms are in place across the auctions to ensure the delivery of contiguous bands that are needed for the delivery of 5G?
  • What will this availability of C-band spectrum across the region mean for the broader 5G ecosystem?
  • Where next? Is there now sufficient spectrum available for 5G in the C-band and mid band frequencies more broadly across the US and Canada, or could there still be potential for push for additional bandwidth at some point in the future?
  • What might this mean for satellite services in the band, and how can it be ensured that the needs of all key users and technologies are met?
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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Matthew Pearl
Assistant Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
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Chantal Davis
Director, Spectrum Regulatory Best Practices, ISED Canada
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Rachael Bender
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Federal Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Verizon
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Allan Ingraham
Managing Director, Secretariat Economists
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Jared Carlson
Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, North America Ericsson
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Representative, Satellite*
10:20 - 10:40
Break
10:40 - 12:00
Session 6ii: The emerging 6GHz ecosystem and the different perspectives

Earlier this year, Canada took the decision to join the US in making the full 6GHz band available for WiFi devices, with the power limits that they are permitting in the band meaning that they are actually freeing up an additional 100MHz of spectrum compared to their US counterparts. Meanwhile, the future of the band elsewhere around the world is less certain – most countries are still yet to make a decision on this. Whilst part of the industry supports the RLAN usage of this spectrum, another part of the industry supports this band for licensed use. This session will look at what the approach taken across Canada and the US, at the new use cases that opening up this spectrum is going to enable, and at the measures that have been put in place within different scenarios to help avoid interference. It will look at what the decisions that have been taken might mean for various different stakeholders – WiFi providers, incumbent users and users in adjacent bands, other industries also interested in this spectrum and most importantly, consumers.

  • How does the decision to make the full 6GHz band available for WiFi affect different industry stakeholders?
  • How do the approaches taken in the 6GHz band in the US and Canada differ, and how much additional spectrum is realistically going to be made available in each case?
  • What is classified as low power indoor (LPI), very low power (VLP) and standard power unlicensed uses of the band, and in what scenarios are each of these uses permitted?
  • What measures have been put in place to protect incumbent (eg satellite and fixed links/backhaul) users in the band, and also users in adjacent bands (for example intelligent transport systems in the 5.9GHz band)?
  • What results have been seen in the testing done to date, and to what extent has any interference been seen with backhaul services and others?
  • What is the current status with the development of AFC (Automatic Frequency Coordination) standards and what progress has been made on AFC certification? Is this considered to be sufficient for the protection of fixed services?
  • What is the timeframe ahead for likely rollout of full commercial services across the band?

 

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Ira Keltz
Deputy Chief, OET, FCC
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Josette Gallant
Senior Director, Terrestrial Engineering and Standards, ISED Canada
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Mark Gibson
Senior Director, Business Development & Spectrum Policy, Commscope
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Stacey Black
AVP, Federal Regulatory Affairs – Spectrum, AT&T
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Veena Rawat
Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA
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Alan Norman
Director, Public Policy, Facebook
12:00 - 13:00
Session 6iii: The emerging CBRS Band ecosystem

Now almost a year on from the award of licences in the CBRS band, this session will look at the progress that has been made on the development, launch and commercialisation of services in the band and the landscape that is developing. It will look at the rules and power limits that govern access to spectrum in the band, and consider whether there may be the need to re-examine this either now or sometime in the future.

 

  • What number of deployments have been seen by both PAL (Priority Access License) and GAA (General Authorized Access) users, and what have been the experiences for both?
  • What real-world experiences have been seen with regards to uses of the CBRS band, and what has this taught us as to whether the protections that are in place are sufficient?
  • How do power limits differ between users in the CBRS band and users in the neighbouring 3.7GHz band and the soon to be allocated 3.45GHz band? What are the challenges relating to co-existence between services in these respective frequencies?
  • What would be the impact of higher power CBRS operations?
  • To what extent could IIC be a realistic option to explore in the CBRS band and what benefits could this bring?
  • To what extent are the current methods and processes in place enabling an effective and efficient use of this valuable spectrum in terms of cost/usage benefit? What options exist for the different stakeholders and users in the band to best take advantage of the available bandwidth?
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Moderator: Rhys Robinson
Director of Business Development, North America, ATDI
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Jennifer McCarthy
VP, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless
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Colleen King
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Charter
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Lynna McGrath
CIO Office, Department of Defense
13:00 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
Session 6iv: Fireside Chat – Maximising the potential of the 12GHz band

The 12 GHz band was once considered high on the cellular spectrum charts, but is now starting to become hotly contested by a number of users. The band is currently used by digital broadcasting service (DBS) providers, and Multi-Channel Video and Data Distribution Service (MVDDS) and NGSO licensees operating on a non-harmful interference basis to DBS. It was recently however described as one of the best positioned mid-band spectrum bands potentially available for 5G, with proponents including Dish saying it offers the potential of 500MHz of contiguous spectrum. Earlier this year the FCC voted to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the band, exploring whether rules may be changed to accommodate 5G services. This session will look at the current use of the band, and the potential that may exist to accommodate new services without causing harmful interference to existing users.

 

  • What users and services currently operate in the 12GHz band, and what are the rules governing access to the available spectrum?
  • To what extent is the available spectrum in the band being utilised to its full potential? Is there a need to look at revising rules in order to ensure the band is put to best use?
  • Would it be possible for satellite and terrestrial services to co-exist in the band?
  • What is contained in the NPRM that has been put forward by the FCC, and what impact could this have for users of the band?
  • What is the situation in the adjoining Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) band, and to what extent could spectrum in this band also be explored as a possible option for 5G?
  • What is the situation regarding the 12GHz band in other countries and regions around the world?

 

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Moderator: Stephan Sloan
Director, Media Services Group
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Eric Graham
Director, Government and Regulatory Engagement, North America, OneWeb
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Representative, RS Access (tbc)
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Representative, T-Mobile (confirmed, speaker name tbc)
14:30 - 15:15
Session 7: Regulator’s corner – Future plans and expectations for mmWave 5G

Allocation of the mmWave frequencies in the US have now been completed, with awards having taken place in the 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz last year following previous successful allocations of the 24 GHz and 28 GHz bands. The urgent demand for spectrum in these bands has however at least partially been driven by a shortage of available bandwidth in key mid-band frequencies – an issue that has recently been addressed, with the release of spectrum in the CBRS band and C-band and more to soon follow. Against this backdrop of the change in the overall spectrum landscape, this session will bring together regulators from the US, Latin America and Europe to talk about their future plans for 5G in mmWave frequencies and the role that mmWave will likely play in the broader 5G ecosystem.

  • Now that there is a large amount of mid-band spectrum available, what might this mean for the future of mmWave in the US and elsewhere around the world?
  • Will there be an adjustment in the way mmWave spectrum is being used and the use-cases seen in the band?
  • Will mmWave spectrum remain the central for 5G network rollout, or is it likely to move to more of a ‘support’ role in specialized applications as part of primarily mid-band or low-band based 5G networks?
  • What demand for mmWave spectrum has been seen in countries outside North America and how is this likely to develop in the future?
  • Are more countries looking to make spectrum available and if so then what is the likely timeframe ahead?

More speakers to be confirmed shortly.

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Javier Juárez
Commissioner, IFT, Mexico
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Joel Taubenblatt
Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
15:15 - 15:35
Break
15:35 - 16:55
Session 8: Towards the next frontier: ensuring US leadership as we move beyond 5G

5G may still be in its infancy, but it has already enabled a vast swathe of new use cases and applications, often with very varied connectivity requirements. As we now begin to move beyond 5G and start out on the path towards 6G and next generation technologies, maintaining US prominence and global leadership in this area will require foresight and a strategic vision articulated at the national level. This session will look at the work being done to deliver this and the path ahead. It will look at how the future spectrum landscape is likely to develop. It will examine some of the emerging technologies and use cases that are likely to emerge, and at what needs to be done to meet the connectivity requirements of the future and ensure US’s position as leading the way on next generation connectivity.

 

  • What is the vision for 6G? How will B5G and 6G differ from 5G?
  • What roadmap towards 6G is starting to emerge in North America, and how can the US ensure a collaborative strategy that advances its position as a global leader as we move towards next generation technologies and applications?
  • What public funding is in place across North America for research and development of emerging technologies and how does this compare to funding programmes being seen elsewhere around the world?
  • What are some of the new use cases and applications that are starting to emerge? What are their likely connectivity requirements, and how can it be ensured that these are met?
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Evelyn Remaley
Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, NTIA
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Representative, FCC
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Sergio Bovelli
Head of Spectrum Management Aero-Connectivity, Airbus
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Brian Daly
Steering Group Co-Chair, Next G Alliance
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Event Background

Launched in 2011, and now in its 10th consecutive year, the Americas Spectrum Management Conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion in the region.
 
Forum Global works closely with National Governments and Regulators, plus Industry Stakeholders from Mobile, Satellite, Broadcast, Public Safety, HAPS and more to ensure that their voices are included, and to create a platform for debate that adds real value to the spectrum discussions taking place in the region.  
 
The event takes place as part of the Global Spectrum Series. To view attendee figures from all events in the series in 2020, click here

Previous Event

Taking place virtually for the first time in October 2020, the 9th Americas Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 800 delegates from across the region and beyond for high-level discussions on 5G, Spectrum awards and auctions, the future of mmWave Spectrum, the 6GHz band and more.
 
You can view more details of the 2020 edition of this event here and catch up on all the sessions here.

Event Platform

This conference will take place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution. For more details, please visit forum-europe.com.

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Jordan Francombe using any of the details below.

Jordan Francombe
Event Manager
Forum Global

spectrumamericas@forum-global.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 020

Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR
ITU

Nurudin Mukhitdinov

Director General
Executive committee of the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC)

Evgeniy Devyatkin

Deputy Head of Scientific and Technical Center for Electromagnetic Comparability Analysis
FSUE NIIR

Sahiba Hasanova

Member, Radio Regulations Board
ITU

Albert Nalbandian

Chairman, WG WRC-23
RCC