5th Mena Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The Americas Spectrum Management Conference has gone virtual!

Taking place across a series of individual sessions from 12 – 16 October, the conference provided an online platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

Held using an interactive virtual event system, sessions went far beyond the standard webinar. Attendees had the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, technology demonstrations, a virtual exhibition area and much, much more…

The conference is part of The Global Spectrum SeriesThe world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.

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.
CommScope
Event Partner
www.commscope.com
Company bio to appear here shortly.
CTIA
Event Partner
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
Economists Incorporated
Event Partner
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.
Ericsson
Event Partner
www.ericsson.com
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards. Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society. We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.
ESOA
Event Partner
www.esoa.net
ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.
Facebook
Event Partner
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.
Federated Wireless
Event Partner
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.
Google
Event Partner
www.google.com
GSMA
Event Partner
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.
GVF
Event Partner
www.gvf.org
GVF is the only global non-profit association of the satellite industry. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in London, it brings together organizations from around the world representing the satellite ecosystem that are engaged in the development and delivery of satellite technologies and services for consumers, commercial and government organizations worldwide. GVF’s aim is to facilitate expanded access to satellite-based connectivity solutions globally, which is achieved through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders. For more details visit our website www.gvf.org or contact us on info@gvf.org.
Intel
Event Partner
www.intel.com
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Intel expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Additional information about Intel is available at intel.com
Event Partner
Intelsat
www.intelsat.com
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
LYA
Event Partner
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.
CBRS Alliance
Event Partner
www.cbrsalliance.com
The CBRS Alliance is a coalition of organizations that represent a multitude of industries sharing one common belief: that LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. The CBRS Alliance member companies are dedicated to developing innovative wireless solutions that maximize CBRS’ full potential. The mission of the organization is three-fold:Evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunitiesDrive technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator LTE capabilitiesEstablish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperabilityThe CBRS Alliance was founded by Access Technologies, Federated Wireless, Nokia, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and Intel in 2016, and now includes 70+ members, including key U.S. mobile and cable operators. Members are working together to encourage trials and commercial deployments using shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to enable better in-building and outdoor coverage as well as wireless network capacity expansion. Alliance members are building LTE-based solutions for the CBRS band.
The Satellite Industry Association
Event Partner
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.
Summit Ridge Group
Event Partner
www.summitridgegroup.com
Summit Ridge Group, LLC is a leading provider of business valuation and financial consultingin the telecom, media and satellite industries globally. Our services include independent business valuation and intangible asset appraisal, financial consulting, custom industry research, litigation support and restructuring advisory. We serve a range of client needs including transactional support, financial research, market analysis, strategic analysis, regulatory analysis and litigation support/expert witness testimony. Our exclusive communications industry focus and years of experience in a variety of functions within the industry enables us to rapidly understand our clients' situations, to complete projects rapidly and thoroughly and to develop insights into the value drivers of the companies we analyze. We are often asked to work on complex valuation matters involving financial restructuring, litigation support or investment decisions related to hard to value business or the valuation of intangible assets including the valuation of wireless telecom spectrum license holdings.
Telesat
Event Partner
www.telesat.com
Backed by a 50-year legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and industry-leading customer service, Telesat has grown to be one of the largest and most successful global satellite operators. Telesat works collaboratively with its customers to deliver critical connectivity solutions that tackle the world’s most complex communications challenges, providing powerful advantages that improve their operations and drive growth.In addition to our state-of-the-art global, geostationary satellite fleet, Telesat LEO, our Low Earth Orbit network scheduled to begin service in 2022, will revolutionize global broadband connectivity by delivering a combination of high capacity, security, resiliency and affordability with ultra-low latency and fiber-like speeds.Telesat also provides industry-leading technical consultation and support services to satellite operators, insurers and other industry stakeholders around the globe.Privately held and headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).
TIA
Event Partner
www.tiaonline.org
Poised at the intersection of the network and communications technologies, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) brings together communities of interest across -- Technology, Government Affairs, Standards, and Business Performance -- to shape solutions, facilitate programs, and provide products and services that enable high-speed networks and accelerate next-generation Information and Communications Technology (ICT) innovation across all markets.With a global membership of more than 400-member companies TIA is at the center of a vibrant ecosystem of companies delivering technologies and services that is revolutionizing the way the world communicates. Our members include ICT manufacturers and suppliers, network operators and service enablers, distributors and system integrators.Community is at the center of connectivity, and TIA convenes the industry's thought leaders and brightest architects to solve unique challenges, and develop new ideas and approaches that bring tangible value to companies to enhance their bottom line.As an incubator, idea-generator, strategic partner, solutions provider and business developer, TIA is the one voice that leads the conversations, provides timely information and resources to help expand global investment opportunities and encourage innovation throughout the entire value chain.Built upon a values-based, high performance culture of accountability, teamwork, engagement, innovation, and being member centric, TIA delivers results The TIA Way – driving scalable, repeatable, consistent processes that deliver outcomes and value for our members through disciplines that ‘get things done’ across our communities.
T-Mobile
Event Partner
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.
UWB Alliance
Event Partner
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”.
Verizon
Event Partner
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.
Viasat
Event Partner
www.viasat.com
Company bio to appear here shortly.
Aetha
Knowledge Partner
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.
NERA
Knowledge Partner
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 included:

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Ajit
Pai

Chairman
FCC

Geoffrey Starks 240

Geoffrey
Starks

Commissioner
FCC

Ramiro 240

Ramiro
Camacho

Commissioner
IFT

Chantal 240

Chantal
Davis

Director, Spectrum Regulatory Best Practices
ISED Canada

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Thomas
Sullivan

Chief, International Bureau,
FCC

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Chris
Wieczorek

Senior Director of Spectrum Policy,
T-Mobile

Jayne 240

Jayne
Stancavage

Global Executive Director, Digital Infrastructure Policy
Intel

Tom Stroup 240

Tom
Stroup

President
SIA

Jennifer 240

Jennifer
McCarthy

VP, Legal Advocacy
Federated Wireless

Tom Power 240

Tom
Power

SVP & General Counsel
CTIA

Amy Mehlman240

Amy
Mehlman

Vice President, US Government Affairs and Policy
Viasat

Claude Aiken 240

Claude
Aiken

President & CEO
WISPA

Rachael Bender 240

Rachael
Bender

Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Federal Regulatory & Legal Affairs
Verizon

Jennifer Manner 240

Jennifer
Manner

Representative
Global Satellite Coalition

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Jared
Carlson

Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy
North America Ericsson

Agenda

All times are US Eastern (EDT).

Day 1
2020-10-12
Day 2
2020-10-13
Day 3
2020-10-14
Day 4
2020-10-15
Day 5
2020-10-16
09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation
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Ajit Pai, Chairman, FCC
Chairman, FCC
09:40 - 10:40
Session 1: Covid-19 – what impact and lessons for the spectrum community?

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic put a huge amount of pressure on communication networks all across the Americas and the rest of the world. The imposed lockdowns and the resulting increase in home-working and use of web streaming and other services have significantly increased broadband traffic, as well as serving to highlight the critical importance of connectivity for business continuity and for everyday life. This session will look at the work that was done by industry and regulators in the US and across the region to keep societies connected, and at how access to spectrum was managed to help with this.

 

• How did the networks handle the crisis and the additional pressure that was created? What lessons were learnt and what examples of best practice in industry and regulators working together to find solutions were seen?
• What pressure was put on public safety communications networks and how did these stand up?
• To what extent has this shone a light on the importance of digital, and of digital inequalities that exist? Where can we go from here tackle some of these?
• Has the situation with Covid-19 affected what should be considered as minimum service level requirements in terms of speeds and latency?
• What challenges may still be ahead as we emerge from the crisis, particularly with things such as 5G rollout – is it going to be harder to secure investment?

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Moderator: Johanne Lemay
Co-President, LYA
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Miguel Munoz
PCC.II Specialist: Radiocommunication, CITEL
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Tom Stroup
President, SIA
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Scott Bergmann
SVP, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
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Mathew Berry
Chief of Staff to Chairman Ajit Pai, FCC
10:40 - 11:00
Introduce Yourself! Speed Networking Session
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Refreshment Break
11:30 - 12:40
Session 2: The evolving shape of the US wireless landscape

The Sprint and T-Mobile merger and the subsequent emergence of Dish as a new national carrier with the ambitions to build a 5G network using Open-RAN architecture has the potential to significantly change the shape of the US wireless landscape. This session will look at how the situation is evolving and what this might mean for the short-term and long-term future of the sector. It will look at the potential benefits and challenges that an Open-RAN model can provide, and the way in which it could potentially change the way spectrum is allocated and used and more broadly at how competition in the wireless space is viewed.

 

• How is the wireless ecosystem in the US evolving, and what is the best way forward to deliver a competitive, innovative and secure wireless ecosystem that provides a level playing field for all?
• How could the emergence of Dish as a possible new nationwide carrier affect the shape of the US spectrum landscape in both the short-term and the long-term?
• What might the emergence of Open-RAN solutions mean for the future spectrum landscape and the development of 5G more broadly? What advantages could it bring and what challenges exist?
• As technologies and systems advance, what is the best way forward in order to deliver the robust ecosystem of trusted suppliers that is necessary to maintain a strong U.S. position in delivering secure wireless technology?

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Moderator: Ruth Milkman
Partner, Quadra Partners LLC
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Geoffrey Starks
Commissioner, FCC
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John Hunter
Director for Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile
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Diane Rinaldo
Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition
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David Stehlin
CEO, TIA
09:00 - 10:10
Session 3: Developing a policy blueprint to deliver global 5G leadership – progress, challenges and opportunities

With commercial 5G deployment now underway all around the world, the West is considered by many to have fallen behind Asia in the competition for leadership in the 5G transition. Policymakers and industry representatives in the US are working hard to address this – the FCC’s strategy to Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology (the 5G FAST Plan) and the broader White House ‘National Strategy to Secure 5G’ both set out a blueprint for how this can be achieved. This session will look at the current situation regarding 5G roll-out in the US, the results and trends that have been seen to date, and ultimately the challenges and opportunities ahead as the global battle for 5G leadership continues.

 

• What results have been seen so far with mmWave spectrum – how is it being used and are applications getting traction?
• Where does the US currently sit globally when it comes to 5G leadership and what needs to be done going forward to ensure its position at the top-table going forward?
• What challenges are faced when it comes to delivering 5G rollout and leadership in the US and across North America and how can these be overcome?
• What policy measures have been seen so far as part of the FCC’s ‘5G FAST’ plan, and what new initiatives are in the pipeline?
• What specific opportunities and challenges are presented by the way in which the 5G market is developing in the US compared to other regions around the world?
• To what extent will recent and ongoing actions to make more mid-band spectrum available for 5G help to progress the US’s global 5G position?
• What is the status of 5G planning and development in Canada and in the wider Americas region, and how can countries across the region work together to develop a world-leading 5G ecosystem?

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Moderator: Andy Hudson
CEO, Spectrivity
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David Willis
Senior Director, ISED Canada
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Jennifer A. Manner
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, Global Satellite Coalition
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Patrick Welsh
Director, Federal Government Affairs, Verizon
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Nese Guendelsberger
Deputy Bureau Chief, International Bureau, FCC
10:10 - 10:55
Showcase Session 1 – Hosted by CBRS Alliance, GVF/ GSC & Verizon

Showcase Stage 1: OnGo CBRS Shared Spectrum – Early Lessons Learned – Hosted by CBRS Alliance
Showcase Stage 2: Satellites and 5G: The Last Mile and More – Hosted by GVF/ GSC
Showcase Stage 3: 5G and Edge – Transformational Performance with 5G and Mobile Edge Computing – Hosted by Verizon

More information available here.

10:55 - 11:20
Morning Refreshment Break
11:20 - 12:40
Session 4: Technology and policy tools to increase spectrum efficiency – what does the future hold?

Spectrum is of course a finite resource and is hugely sought after. The majority of bands have generally already been allocated, and with the shift to 5G and next generation services, this demand and usage is only going to increase. The only plausible way that these needs are going to be met is through a flexible spectrum ecosystem that integrates sharing technologies and increases spectrum efficiency. This session will look at the future, and at the emerging new technological and policy tools that can help deliver this. It will also look more broadly at the traditional spectrum regulatory regime and discuss whether it is sufficiently flexible to meet the requirements of an innovative and fast-moving sector, and ultimately at the best way forward to maximise efficiency and ensure fair and sustainable use of the radio spectrum for all.

 

• What policy and technological innovations are being seen that can help to increase spectrum efficiency?
• To what extent can refarming and the repurposing of both federal and non-federal bands help to increase efficiency, and how can regulators create incentives to encourage incumbents to make spectrum available?
• What new methods and techniques of spectrum sharing are emerging both in the US and elsewhere? How can these be best harnessed to increase efficiency and protect the rights of all users?
• Where is technology taking us and what does the future hold? How can technological advancements be harnessed to enable us to use spectrum more efficiently and meet future needs?
• Should there be a shift in approach from looking to always identify new spectrum to instead looking at the role of technology and policy tools to increase the efficiency of bands that are already allocated?
• Looking to the future, what is the ‘next big thing’ that is likely to deliver more efficient use of spectrum?

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Moderator: Armand Musey
President and Founder, Summit Ridge Group
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Chris Pearson
President, 5G Americas
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Ira Keltz
Deputy Chief, OET, FCC
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Chris Murphy
Associate General Counsel, Viasat
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Andy Clegg
Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google
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Priscilla Argeris
Public Policy Manager, Facebook
12:40 - 13:10
HAVE YOUR SAY … on the emerging shape of the future connected society
09:10 - 10:30
Session 5: Not just for the cities: Deploying Broadband and 5G connectivity in Rural and Tribal Areas

Improving connectivity in rural and tribal areas is one of the key priorities for regulators all across the Americas. Billions of dollars are being ploughed into building and supporting rural broadband networks in the US, through initiatives such as the 5G fund for Rural America and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Alongside this, measures were passed in 2018 to speed up state and local review of small cells, designed to remove barriers to the deployment of small cells and wireless infrastructure. And elsewhere similar actions are being taken – in Canada, for example, an ambitious connectivity strategy is in place which aims to extend high-speed access to hard to reach areas in order to harness economic development for rural communities. This session will look at the extent to which these efforts and initiatives across the Americas can finally make a difference in successfully closing the digital divide and helping to facilitate the adoption of IoT devices, autonomous vehicles, and connected cities (or towns) in more remote and hard-to-reach areas.

 

• What are the main barriers that have blocked the roll-out of broadband in rural and tribal areas to date, and to what extent can the policy measures and initiatives being put forward help to overcome these?
• Where do we currently stand with the ongoing court proceedings related to the FCC siting policy ruling, and what are the likely next steps in this area?
• What has the Covid-19 situation taught us about connectivity in underserved areas and the challenges that still remain ahead?
• What work is being done in Canada and elsewhere in the Americas to deliver rural connectivity and what success is being seen?
• To what extent do we have an accurate representation of connectivity black spots in rural America? What work has been done to improve mapping methodology and data and what challenges in this area still remain?
• What mix of technology can help deliver the required connectivity, and what are the key spectrum bands that can be used?
• How can the challenge of addressing the backhaul needs in the most remote areas by tackled, and what technologies and solutions offer the best approach to do this?
• What will future 5G connectivity in rural and tribal areas likely look like, and how may it differ from that in cities?

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Moderator: Stephan Sloan
Director, Media Services Group
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Shreyas Ravi
Economist, Economists Incorporated
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Chris Wieczorek
Senior Director, Spectrum Policy, with T-Mobile USA, Inc
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Claude Aiken
President & CEO, WISPA
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Kirk Burgee
Chief of Staff, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
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Jennifer A. Manner
Chair of ESOA's Network & Services WG, ESOA
10:30 - 11:15
Showcase Session 2 – Hosted by LYA & Viasat

Showcase Stage 1: The US CBRS auction: A perspective on the value of shared licenses in a prime 5G band – Hosted by LYA
Showcase Stage 2: Equitable Access to Finite NGSO Resources: Spectrum and Orbits – Hosted by Viasat, with Mark Dankberg, Chairman & CEO, Viasat, Inc.

More information on the sessions and speakers available here.

11:15 - 11:40
Morning Refreshment Break
11:40 - 12:50
Session 6: ‘Coverage from the sky’ – innovations and developments in the aerospace and satellite sector

The satellite sector has always been key in delivering connectivity to rural and outlying areas, complementing mobile and other technologies to increase overall coverage areas. This is more true today than ever before – innovations in the sector and the emergence of new technologies and solutions such as ESIMs, HAPS and HIBS innovations are making connectivity possible in the most remote, rural locations and on ships and aircraft around the world. This session will look at how the sector is evolving, and the impact that this is having on the ways in which companies are accessing and using spectrum.

 

• What new innovations and systems are being seen within the satellite sector?
• How are these innovations changing the spectrum requirements of the sector and how can it be ensured that these are met both now and in the future?
• Following the high-profile issues faced by companies such as LeoSat and OneWeb, what is the future for non-geo satellite systems, and how can companies deal with challenges of scaling up?
• What developments have been seen in ESIMs and emerging access systems such as HAPS and HIBS? How can these help to connect people and regions in the most hard to reach areas?
• 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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Moderator: Scott Wallsten
President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute
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Tom Sullivan
Chief, International Bureau, FCC
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Amy Mehlman
Vice President, US Government Affairs and Policy, Viasat
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Jameson Dempsey
Government Affairs Counsel, Loon
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Elisabeth Neasmith
Director, Spectrum Development, Telesat
12:50 - 13:20
HAVE YOUR SAY … on delivering the required connectivity to citizens and businesses everywhere
09:00 - 09:20
Opening Presentation – Building the 5G Spectrum Pipeline: Mid-band and beyond
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Tom Power
SVP and General Counsel, CTIA
09:20 - 10:40
Session 7: Future shape of the 6GHz band – meeting the needs of both licensed and unlicensed users

Earlier this year, rules were adopted by the FCC to make the entire 6GHz band (5.925 – 7.125 GHz) available for unlicensed use – a decision that made 1200MHz of spectrum available for WiFi. These new unlicensed users in the band will share the spectrum with a number of incumbent licenced users, who use the band to provide fixed wireless services to support things such as utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. This session will look at what this decision will mean both for the future of WiFi services and also at the measures that have been taken to avoid interference with these incumbent services. It will look at the different models that could be employed in the band to provide and manage the access to the available spectrum, and the best way forward to enable both licenced and unlicensed users in the band to thrive.

 

• What will the new rules mean for the future of Wi-Fi and what new next generation services may this help to enable?
• When can it be expected to see Wi-Fi or other technologies operating in the band? What can be expected going forward with low-power indoor access points and other scenarios?
• To what extent will the rules and conditions that have been set be successful in preventing harmful interference to fixed services?
• How would an AFC approach be employed in the band and how would this work in practice?
• What approach to 6GHz is being seen in other regions around the world?

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Moderator: Marc Eschenburg
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Jayne Stancavage
Global Executive Director, Digital Infrastructure Policy, Intel
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Mark Gibson
Senior Director, Business Development & Spectrum Policy, Commscope
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Veena Rawat
Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA
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Alan Norman
Director, Public Policy, Facebook
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Megan Stull
Counsel, Google
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Tim Harrington
Chairman, UWB Alliance
10:40 - 10:55
Morning Refreshment Break
10:55 - 12:10
Session 8: CBRS band – examining the shape of the emerging new ecosystem

This summer saw a key step in the development of the new ecosystem in the CBRS band, with the completion of the priority access license (PAL) auction opening up 70MHz of spectrum in the 3.55-3.65 GHz band. The innovative new ‘tiered’ model of sharing offers access to a wide range of different users on both a licensed and unlicensed basis, and has the potential to facilitate innovative new business models and use cases. This session will look at the results that have been seen from the auction, and what this has told us about the new ecosystem in the band that is emerging. Looking forward, it will look at what the next steps are likely to be as deployments in the band now begin, and at the challenges that may still remain.

 

• What results have been seen from the auction? What licences have been assigned and to whom?
• What is the ultimate use of the band going to be, and how is the spectrum in the band going to be used?
• How can the different stakeholders and users in the band best take advantage of the available spectrum for next generation deployments?
• To what extent is this going to help deliver some of the much-needed mid-band capacity for 5G?
• What number of deployments and acts of deployment have been seen in the GAA tier?
• What devices have been authorised and what use cases do these enable?
• To what extent is a secondary market of PAL licences likely to be seen and what will this likely look like?
• Is there a risk that high powered new C-band systems may interfere with CBRS systems, and how can this be avoided?

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Moderator: Robert Yates
Co-President, LYA
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Jennifer McCarthy
VP, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless
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Derek Khlopin
Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary, NTIA
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Dave Wright
President, CBRS Alliance
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Philip Marnick
Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom
12:10 - 12:55
Showcase Session 3 – Hosted by Ericsson, Federated Wireless & TIA

Showcase Stage 1: The impact of 5G on consumers, businesses, and the nation – Hosted by Ericsson
Showcase Stage 2: Bringing Spectrum Sharing to the 6GHz band – Hosted by Federated Wireless
Showcase Stage 3: Spectrum Sharing and the Race to 5G: Lessons Learned and Emerging Frameworks – Hosted by TIA

More information available here.

09:00 - 10:15
Session 9: The changing shape of the C-band landscape – timelines and future plans across the region

Across North America, plans for the reallocation of C-band spectrum for mobile use are starting to become clearer. In the US, auctions are planned for the end of 2020, with the aim of freeing 100 MHz by December 2021 and an additional 180Mhz of spectrum in the band by December 2023. The US Government also recently announcing that an additional 100 MHz will be made available in 3.45-3.55 GHz via auction in December 2021. In Canada, an auction of spectrum in the C-band is also scheduled for 2021, whilst in Mexico, plans for the band are also on their way to being formulated. The slightly varied approaches that are being seen in different countries however has led to some concerns that it may result in a somewhat piecemeal approach across North America, with different bands, power levels and types of use. This session will look at the extent to which this is a legitimate concern, and if so then how it can be dealt with. More broadly, it will examine the likely configuration in the C-band that is going to emerge, the timeframes that can be expected, and at the extent to which the bandwidth that is being made available for 5G will be sufficient to solve the scarcity issues in the mid-band.

 

• What is the situation in the US, and are we on schedule for the proposed ‘accelerated clearing’ timeframe and reallocation of the C-band following the auction?
• How helpful will the additional 100 MHz announced in August (i.e. 3.45-3.55 GHz) be in meeting the needs of mid-band spectrum for 5G?
• How is the broader C-band landscape evolving in North America, and what is the situation in Canada and Mexico? Where are there similarities and where are there differences in the approaches being seen?
• To what extent is it likely that there will be a fragmented approach across regional boundaries, and in this case, how can this be best dealt with?
• How are the approaches being taken in North America likely to affect countries in the wider LatAm region? How important is it that a co-ordinated approach is seen?
• What next for the rest of the C-band? Is there any way that any additional spectrum could be released, and if so, what approach could be used?

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Moderator: Richard Marsden
Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting
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Ramiro Camacho
Commissioner, IFT Mexico
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Chantal Davis
Director, Spectrum Regulatory Best Practices, ISED Canada
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Jared Carlson
Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, North America Ericsson
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Giulia McHenry
Chief, Office of Economics and Analytics, FCC
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Hazem Moakkit
Vice President, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat
10:15 - 11:00
Showcase Session 4 – Hosted by Economists Incorporated & SIA

Showcase Stage 1:  An Introduction to Bidding in an FCC-style Clock Auction – Hosted by Economists Incorporated
Showcase Stage 2: Showcase Stage 2: Comms on the Last Frontier: Providing Arctic Satellite Service – Hosted by SIA

More information available here.

11:00 - 11:20
Morning Refreshment Break
11:20 - 12:35
Session 10: Where next? What options exist to provide the required additional mid-band spectrum for 5G?

In previous sessions, we have looked at a number of key bands that could provide options to meet the big demand for additional mid-band spectrum for 5G. Spectrum in the C-band and CBRS band should soon be becoming available to start to ease the , whilst the 6GHz band looks less of an option now given the FCC decision to make the band available for unlicensed use. This session will look beyond these bands to explore the other potential solutions to provide the required large contiguous blocks of spectrum that are required for 5G. Focus will begin on the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band, which is currently used by the military and federal incumbents, and on whether that could provide a possible option, before looking int detail at other bands and options. It is widely accepted that finding additional mid-band spectrum is key for the US to deliver 5G leadership. Where should the short-term and the long-term priorities lie in finding this?

 

• How much additional mid-band for 5G is actually required, beyond that which is already available or in the short-term pipeline?
• To what extent is their potential for any spectrum in the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band to be reallocated or shared between commercial wireless services and federal incumbents?

• How much additional mid-band for 5G is actually required, beyond that which is already available or in the short-term pipeline?
• To what extent will the spectrum that will become available in both the C-band and CBRS band help to meet these needs?
• To what extent is their potential for any spectrum in the 3.1 – 3.45 GHz band to be reallocated or shared between commercial wireless services and federal incumbents?
• What would be the challenges in doing this and how much spectrum could potentially be made available?
• What other bands and options exist to provide the required additional bandwidth in the medium to long-term and where should the priority lie for regulators and for operators? What potential could bands such as the 4.9GHz, 5.9GHz and 7Ghz offer, or even the L-band (now that this has been approved for 5G use)?
• What challenges exist with these bands and others, and how can it be ensured that the needs of all crucial (federal and non-federal) users in these bands are balanced and met?

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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Rachael Bender
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Federal Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Verizon
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Alejandro Navarette
Head, Radioelectric Spectrum Unit, IFT
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Charles Cooper
Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA
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Nicholas Degani
Senior Counsel to Chairman Pai, FCC
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Campbell Massie
Advocacy Manager, North America, GSMA
12:35 - 13:00
HAVE YOUR SAY … on the key mid-bands
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Event Background

Launched in 2011, and now in its 9th 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. If you want to discuss being part of the event then please get in touch.

Previous Event

Taking place in Washington D.C. in September of 2019, The 8th Annual Americas Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 250 delegates from across the US, Canada, Latin America and beyond for high-level discussions on 5G, Spectrum awards and auctions, the future of mmWave Spectrum, WRC-19, the 6GHz band and more.

You can view more details of the 2019 edition of this event here.

New Virtual Format

“Virtual events do not have to be passive experiences, limited to only watching presentations and panel discussions. They can be engaging and interactive, enabling face-to-face conversations and the possibility to connect with policymakers and stakeholders.”
 
As we transition The Americas Spectrum Management Conference to a new virtual format, our aim is to provide a platform that replicates the benefits normally enjoyed by attendees at the event when it is held in person and face-to-face.

The format of the event has been designed to not only enable participants to listen to the discussions and debates, but to also have the opportunity to network and engage with speakers, partners and other attendees.

Sessions will follow an interactive format, and include the following elements

An interactive panel discussion with expert speakers, and the opportunity to ask questions and make comments using a live chat function
A ‘have your say…’ audience engagement session, where all participants will have the opportunity to request to bring their audio and video feed ‘live’ and actively participate in the debate
A virtual networking lounge, with options to take part in one-to-one networking meetings, join private networking rooms and visit the virtual exhibition area
A ‘Showcase’ stage, where speakers and partners will be providing technology demos, hosting interactive Q&A sessions, and taking part in smaller ‘breakout’ sessions on key topics

Event Platform

This conference will take place using Forum Europe’s virtual event platform – Forum Vision

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

This event has now finished. Thank you to all our partners, speakers and delegates, we look forward to welcoming you to the next edition of the event. If you missed any part of the event, you can re-watch every session on our YouTube channel.