5th Mena Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 7th Latin America Spectrum Management Conference has gone virtual!

Taking place across a series of individual sessions from 10 – 13 November, 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…

Sessions included a focus on issues such as  review of WRC-19 and the path towards WRC-23; A focus on the C-Band; Managing Spectrum in times of crisis; Building a co-ordinated strategy towards universal access – funding and technology options; Maximising the potential of the UHF band for all users; Roadmaps for 5G implementation across Latin America; and priorities for regulators in bringing spectrum to market.

The conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series. The 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.
Supported by
ITU
www.itu.int
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.
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
Huawei
www.huawei.com
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population
Event Partner
Intel
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
Qualcomm
www.qualcomm.com
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.
Event Partner
Access Partnership
www.accesspartnership.com
https://www.accesspartnership.com/
Event Partner
Bluenote Management Consulting
www.bluenotemc.com
Event Partner
Coleago Consulting
www.coleago.co.uk
Coleago profile for conference website Founded in 2001, Coleago is a specialist telecoms management consulting firm. Our expertise has been developed exclusively within the telecoms sector and delivers a rare combination of telecoms-related commercial and technical skills and experience. Since 2001 we have worked on over 110 spectrum related projects in developed and emerging markets. Since 2017 our spectrum projects included the transition to 5G, including valuating spectrum most relevant for 5G such as 600MHz, 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and mm wave. We advise regulators on spectrum policy, spectrum roadmap, spectrum pricing, spectrum auctions and capacity building on the topic best practice in spectrum auctions. For mobile operators Coleago delivers regulatory advocacy and responses to consultation, spectrum valuation, bid strategy development and live auction support. Coleago also authored complete bid books for spectrum licence awards by means of a beauty contest. For further information, please visit www.coleago.com
Event Partner
ESOA
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.
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
GSA
www.gsacom.com
GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) is a not-for-profit industry organisation representing companies across the worldwide mobile ecosystem engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. GSA actively promotes the 3GPP technology road-map – 3G; 4G; 5G, – and is a single source of information resource for industry reports and market intelligence. GSA Members drive the GSA agenda and define the communications and development strategy for the Association. The GSA Spectrum Group develops strategies and plans, and contributes studies and technical analysis to international, regional and individual country policy-makers and regulators to facilitate the timely availability of spectrum for use by mobile network operators.
Event Partner
GSC
www.gscoalition.org
The Global Satellite Coalition (GSC) brings together the world's satellite associations to drive industry priorities with one voice, unlocking opportunities for industry growth and ensuring the future for millions of stakeholders who depend on satellite-based solutions. The GSC’s ultimate objective is to secure an ecosystem that allows every world citizen to be connected. The GSC’s priority is to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Broadband Commission’s connectivity objectives to realizing the Network of Networks required for 5G. In addition, it will work on ensuring satellite services are an essential element of national broadband strategies, universal service programs and disaster preparedness efforts.
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
GVF
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.
Event Partner
LS telcom
www.lstelcom.com
LS telcom specialises in software and hardware solutions as well as consulting services for spectrum management, radio monitoring and radio network planning for every type of wireless technology. Our comprehensive portfolio includes market and technology developments regarding future spectrum management challenges and solutions.We are at the forefront of Spectrum Auctioning, E-Licensing, GSM Refarming, Cognitive Radio and Digital Dividend worldwide.Our customer portfolio includes most of the spectrum regulators worldwide, major network operators and commercial customers in more than 90 countries.
Event Partner
Viasat
www.viasat.com
Company bio to appear here shortly.
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.
Supported by
Chicas Tic
https://linktr.ee/ChicasTIC
Chicas TIC: Who we are We are a group of women who develop our careers in decision-making positions in the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector and we set ourselves the challenge of accompanying the integral growth of women with a professional focus through networking. We were born in Argentina but we extend to all of Latin America. One of the foundational bases of this group is that it has been detected that women do not develop networking for various reasons. With networking being one of the fundamental bases for the development of a successful professional career. Our objective is to generate a networking network that allows to promote the development and positioning of women in the ICT sector by providing: - Different experiences and views, covering all professions and roles within the sector. - Soft tools and methodologies to strengthen the role of each one in their own areas of development. - Inspiration by making visible the women who managed to grow in the industry by sharing their stories. - A support and solidarity network among women.
Supported by
DPL News
www.digitalpolicylaw.com
Digital Policy & Law is a company specialized in the strategic analysis of public policies for telecommunications, ICT and digital economy.
Knowledge Partner
Cullen International
www.cullen-international.com
Cullen International is an independent service provider of regulatory and competition law intelligence in the telecoms, media, digital economy and postal sectors - covering developments across Europe, Americas, the Middle East and North Africa. For over thirty years, the company’s comprehensive, neutral and timely information has been trusted by industry and official institutions alike. Cullen International’s regulatory intelligence services are complemented by topical regulatory conferences and training seminars.
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 included:

Mario Maniewicz

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Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

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Oscar Leon

Executive Secretary, CITEL

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Pamela Gidi

Undersecretary of Telecommunications, SUBTEL, Chile

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Jorge Barrera Medina

Director of the Communications Industry, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, Colombia

Mercedes Aramendia 240

Mercedes Aramendia

President, URSEC

Javier Juarez 240

Javier Juarez

Commissioner, IFT Mexico

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Miguel Felipe Anzola

Director General, ANE, Colombia

Allan Ruiz 240

Allan Ruiz

Executive Secretary, COMTELCA

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Agostinho Linhares

Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting, Anatel Brazil

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Jose Aguilar

General Director of Policy and Regulation on Communications, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Peru

Jose Ayala 240

Jose Ayala

GSA Spectrum Chair for CITEL Region

Alejandra 240

Alejandra Urbany-Ornes

Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSC

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Lucas Gallitto

Public Policy Director, Latin America, GSMA

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Hazem Moakkit

VP, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat

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Daniel Bernal

Deputy Director Regulatory Affairs, America Movil

Agenda

Times listed below are Bogota Local Time (UTC -5)

Day 1
2020-11-10
Day 2
2020-11-11
Day 3
2020-11-12
Day 4
2020-11-13
09:00 - 09:30
Opening Ceremony
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
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Oscar Leon
Executive Secretary, CITEL
09:30 - 10:00
Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session
10:00 - 13:15
Session 1: Powering the 5G future – key bands, technologies and strategies
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Matt Halfmann
Partner, Coleago Consulting
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Jose Ayala
GSA Spectrum Chair for CITEL Region
10:40 - 11:40
Session 1i: An update of 5G awards and initial rollout across the region

Across Latin America, countries have now started the process of launching 5G awards and assigning licences. This high-level policy discussion will hear from representatives from some of these ‘early mover’ countries on the state of play and plans regarding 5G rollout in their country and their hopes and plans going forward.

  • What is the current situation regarding the award of 5G licences in your country and what are your plans for rollout going forward?
  • What spectrum bands do you consider key for the initial launch and rollout of 5G?
  • What work is being done to promote and find the required investment in 5G?
  • To what extent do you see 5G and digital transformation more broadly as part of your national strategy to reactivate the economy post-Covid?
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Moderator: Carolina Limbatto
Principal Analyst Americas, Cullen International
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Mercedes Aramendia
President, URSEC
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Pamela Gidi
Undersecretary of Telecommunications, SUBTEL, Chile
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Javier Juarez
Commissioner, IFT Mexico
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Jorge Guillermo Barrera Medina
Director of the Communications Industry, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, Colombia
11:40 - 12:00
Break
12:00 - 13:15
Session 1ii: Continuing the path towards a harmonized continental 5G strategy

We have learnt in the last session about the current and future 5G plans plans from countries across the region. This session will now build in this by looking more broadly at the continental strategy to deliver the successful implementation of 5G across the region as a whole.

  • What unique challenges and opportunities does 5G offer to Latin America, and how should the regional approach be different to that used elsewhere in order to take advantage of these?
  • How important is it that a harmonised approach to the roll-out of 5G is seen across the region, and to what extent is a concrete plan beginning to emerge?
  • Where should the priorities lie when it comes to regulators balancing 5G rollout with the need to build out 4G and LTE networks?
  • What options are available to regulators when looking to develop licencing frameworks for 5G, and to what extent should local as well as national licencing be considered to meet the many varied use-cases of different vertical sectors?
  • How important is it that co-ordination is being seen on the approaches and spectrum being utilised across the region to deliver vertical connectivity?
  • What mix of technologies and solutions are best going to meet the needs of the region’s 5G future, and how can it be ensured that both the infrastructure and spectrum is in place to deliver this?
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Moderator: Juan Ignacio Crosta
Director, BlueNote
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Jose Aguilar
General Director of Policy and Regulation on Communications, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Peru
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C. Sean Spivey
Wireless and International Advisor to Chairman Pai, FCC
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Enrique Ramirez
CTO Latin America, Nokia
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Jennifer A. Manner
Chair of Network Services Working Group, ESOA
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Dymitr Wajsman
President, UTC, Latin America
13:15 - 14:00
Showcase Session 1

Showcase Stage 1: 5G – A New Era for Digital Transformation – Hosted by Ericsson

Showcase Stage 2:  Spectrum – the Answer to LATAM’s Connectivity Questions? – Hosted by ESOA

Showcase Stage 3: Unlocking the Power of the 3.5 GHz Range in LATAM for 5G – Hosted by GSMA

More information on the showcase sessions available here.

09:00 - 10:30
Session 2: Next Steps – Starting on the path towards WRC-23

12 months on from WRC-19 and the first conference preparatory meeting for WRC-23, this session will provide an opportunity to take stock and to look forward to the next steps. It will hear from representatives from different stakeholder groups on what they now see as their main priorities, opportunities and challenges following the decisions that were taken at WRC-19; and look ahead at the key issues and timetable ahead as the build up to WRC-23 already begins.

  • Following the outcomes of WRC-19, what are now the key priorities, opportunities and challenges for different stakeholder groups?
  • What impact are the decisions that have been taken likely to have on the future shape of connectivity in the low, mid and high frequency bands?
  • What are set to be the most important (and most contentious) issues or agenda items at WRC-23 both for region 2 and globally?
  • To what extent are studies and early preparation for WRC-23 currently being impacted by the situation with Covid-19, and what impact might this have on the longer-term scheduling and planning over the next 4 years?
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Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
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Carol Sosa
Vice-Chair of the Preparatory Working Group for WRC, CITEL
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Erika Tejedor
Director Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
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Alejandra Urbany-Ornes
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSC
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Luciana Camargos
Senior Director, Future Spectrum, GSMA
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Walid Sami
Senior Project Manager, EBU
10:30 - 11:15
Showcase Session 2

Showcase Stage 1: 5G Spectrum, Enabling Emerging Technologies and Empowering the Digital Economy – Hosted by Huawei

Showcase Stage 2:  5G, ITS, 6 GHz, C-V2X… all roads lead to Qualcomm – Hosted by Qualcomm

Showcase Stage 3: WRC-23 – Satellite Operators’ Perspectives – Hosted by GVF/GSC

More information on the showcase sessions available here.

11:15 - 11:45
Break
11:45 - 12:50
Session 3: Emerging from the Covid-19 crisis – plotting the path towards a digital recovery

This session will look at the work that was done by industry and regulators across Latin America and the rest of the world to keep societies connected during the Covid-19 crisis, and at how access to spectrum was managed to help with this. It will also look at the lessons that can be taken as we move forward and begin to emerge from the pandemic, and at what countries should be doing to ensure that connectivity and digital plays a big part in the recovery.

  • How did usage across networks rise during the crisis and what impact was seen for the various connectivity providers and stakeholders?
  • How well prepared were countries to dealt with this?
  • What response to this was seen by regulators and industry representatives across different countries, and what spectrum management tools and techniques were utilised as part of this?
  • Which approaches worked best, and which were less successful? What lessons can be taken from the communication sector’s response to the crisis?
  • What now needs to be the next steps as we move towards the post Covid recovery stage, and what role can spectrum play in delivering this?
  • What role can 5G play in recovery, and how can Governments and regulators help to encourage and incentivise the required investment to assist with this?

 

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Moderator: Christopher Casarrubias
Head of Region, Middle East, Africa & Latin America, Access Partnership
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Oscar Leon
Executive Secretary, CITEL
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Allan Ruiz
Executive Secretary, COMTELCA
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Daniel Rios Villa
Assistant Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T
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Natalia Vicente
Head of Public Affairs, ESOA
12:50 - 13:55
Session 4: Bridging the Digital Divide – how has Covid-19 shone a light on digital inequalities and how can the region move forward in tackling this issue?

The recent Covid-19 pandemic shone a light on the huge inequalities between the digital ‘haves’ and the digital have-nots in the Latin America region. It is estimated that 46 percent of children between 5 and 12 years of age in Latin America live in households that have no connectivity, with many of these having no way of going online to learn during the recent lockdown and school closures. And it’s not just the rural areas that experience the problems – the pandemic has also exacerbated digital inequality among urban dwellers, with many poor city neighbourhoods also experiencing big challenges with accessing affordable internet. This session will look at where we go from here and at the different funding and technology options that can help to bridge the digital divide in both rural and urban areas.

  • Why do so many people and areas remain unconnected across the Latin America and Caribbean region, and what can be done to tackle this?
  • What different approaches to bridge the digital gap are being seen across the region in both rural and urban areas?
  • To what extent has the Covid pandemic changed people’s perception of the importance of connectivity, and also of approaches that are being seen to deliver this?
  • How can connectivity providers and policymakers all work together to find a solution to the problem?
  • What role can coverage obligations and other regulatory tools play in tackling the challenge?
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Moderator: Jorge Fernando Negrete
President, Digital Policy & Law
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Juan Gnius
Director of Planning and Universalization at Undersecretary of Information and Communication Technologies, Argentina
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Rosa Abad
Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Internet Para Todos, Peru
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Lucas Gallitto
Public Policy Director, Latin America, GSMA
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Jorge Rodriguez
Global Network & Services Policy, ESOA
09:00 - 10:20
Session 5: Finding the right balance for the future shape of the 6GHz band

Earlier this year, Brazil amended a regulation to allow low power devices in the 6GHz band. A public consultation is now expected in the country to guage opinions on permitted power levels and range in the band, plus the possible use of WiFi 6 technologies. This opens up the possibility of Brazil becoming only the second country (after the US) to release the band for WiFi use. This session will look at the situation both in Brazil, and also elsewhere in the region. It will examine the long term future of the 6GHz band, and where the balance lies between licensed and unlicensed use.

  • What is the situation and thinking with regards to future use of the 6GHz band across the region?
  • Where does the balance lie between licenced and licence-exempt use of the 6Ghz spectrum and what approaches in both the upper and lower portions of the band are being seen around the world?
  • To what extent is sharing between IMT and Wi-Fi users in the band a viable option in both indoor and outdoor conditions?
  • How can the protection of incumbent satellite and fixed links services be protected, and could a database approach provide a solution to this?

 

 

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Moderator: Richard Marsden
Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting
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Agostinho Linhares
Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting, Anatel Brazil
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Jayne Stancavage
Global Executive Director, Digital Infrastructure Policy, Intel
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Meta Pavsek-Taskov
Head of Mobile Department, Slovenian Communications Networks and Services Agency (AKOS)
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Lester Garcia
Head of Connectivity Policy, LatAm, Facebook
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Luiz Zoghbi
Spectrum Policy Manager, GSMA
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Cesar Funes
Public Relations VP, LatAm, Huawei (On behalf of Multi-Vendor Team - Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia & ZTE)
10:20 - 11:05
Showcase Session 3

Showcase Stage 1: Meeting the Needs of All Users in the 6 GHz Band – Hosted by Coleago Consulting

Showcase Stage 2:  Role of Wi-Fi in Delivering Next Generation Connectivity – Hosted by Intel

Showcase Stage 3: Care, Connectivity and Recovery in the Era of COVID-19 – Hosted by Viasat

More information on the showcase sessions available here. 

11:05 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 12:45
Session 6: Plotting the future shape of the C-band – where are we at and where are we headed?

This session will look broadly at the current situation and future plans across the region for the crucial C-band session. With the 3.4-3.6 GHz portion of the band identified as primary 5G spectrum in the region, it will provide an update on the different approaches being considered by regulators to make this available to mobile. And in the 3.6-4.2 GHz portion, it will explore current thinking both in Latin America and across the wider Americas region.

  • What is the long term future of the C-band and what is the best approach to meet the vital needs of both the satellite and mobile sectors?
  • Where are we at in the region and what band plans and approaches are being considered?
  • To what extent can refarming of existing licences help to provide the required spectrum for 5G in the lower C-band as opposed to the award of new licences?
  • What is the process for clearing incumbent FWA and satellite users in the band?
  • What is the situation across the region in the 3.6GHz – 4.2GHz portion of the band.
  • To what extent is it likely that approaches being seen in North America may affect decisions taken by countries in the wider Americas region?
  • How important is it that a co-ordinated approach across the region is seen?

 

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Moderator: Richard Womersley
Director, Spectrum Consulting LS telcom
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Diana Morales
Subdirector of Management and Planning, ANE Colombia
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Reema Hafez
Director, Space Services Planning, ISED, Canada
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Chris Woolford
Director, International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, UK
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Hazem Moakkit
VP, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat
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Jose Ayala
GSA Spectrum Chair for CITEL Region
12:45 - 13:15
Have Your Say…
09:00 - 09:20
Thinking Point… Utilising mmWave frequencies to meet the requirements for 5G backhaul
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Giulio Cavalli
Senior Solutions Sales Manager, Huawei
09:20 - 10:30
Session 7: A focus on the high frequencies – The emerging mmWave ecosystem

A new spectrum ecosystem is starting to develop in the high frequency mmWave bands. Discussions around some of these key frequencies were very prominent at WRC-19 – decisions were taken to identify additional spectrum for IMT in a large portion of the mmWave bands, and also to determine that Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM) are now a part of the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) in the 28/18 GHz bands. In addition, microwave and mmWave frequencies are seen as an important option to deliver the backhaul requirements for 5G. Against this backdrop and also taking into account the ‘squeeze’ on spectrum that is being seen by other technologies from 5G technologies and services beginning to roll out in portions of the bands around the world, this session will take the opportunity to look at the emerging mmWave ecosystem in more detail, discussing emerging use cases and how the needs of all of the key users in these frequencies can be met.

  • How much mmWave spectrum was allocated for IMT at WRC-19 and in which bands? What will this do to the future mmWave landscape?
  • What is the deployment of satellite services in the mmWave bands and what is happening next? To what extent are the decisions made at WRC-19 likely to affect how these frequencies are used by the sector?
  • What approaches and plans for the allocation of mmWave spectrum are being seen across Latin America? To what extent could spectrum that is either allocated on an unlicenced basis or through local licences be a part of the future ecosystem?
  • To what extent should regulators be prioritising the release of mmWave bands in the short term ahead of bands in low and mid frequencies?
  • Are countries likely to follow the ITU mandated route of focussing initially on the 26GHz band, or follow other countries such as the US by releasing a portion of the 28GHz band?
  • What different vertical use cases are mmWave spectrum already beginning to open up in regions all over the world, and what might be possible in the future?
  • How can regulators look to adjust spectrum tariffs to encourage rapid microwave and 5G construction?
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Moderator: Hector Huici
Partner, Pinedo, Huici & Asociados
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Adolfo Oliva
Head of Regulatory Policy, Undersecretariat of Telecommunications, Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Chile
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Hector Bude
Head of Spectrum Management, URSEC
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Tom Sullivan
Chief, International Bureau, FCC
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Francisco Soares
Vice President, Government Affairs, Latin America, Qualcomm
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Ryan Johnson
Senior Director - Global Market Access & Government Affairs Lead for Latin America, Viasat
10:30 - 11:15
Showcase Session 4

Showcase Stage 1: The impact of 5G in Latin America – Driving digital transformation and productivity – Hosted by Nokia

Showcase Stage 2:  Satellite Services – Innovation & Regulations – Hosted by Intelsat

Showcase Stage 3:  Comparative Experiences on the Future Use of the 6Ghz Band – Hosted by Facebook

More information on the showcase sessions available here. 

11:15 - 11:35
Break
11:35 - 12:45
Session 8: A focus on the low frequencies – The changing shape of the UHF ecosystem

This session will move from the high-frequency ‘capacity’ bands that we focussed on in the last session to instead focus on the UHF ‘coverage’ bands. With the 700Mhz band now having been awarded to mobile operators across most countries, it will look at the extent to which additional spectrum for 5G is still required. With the 600Mhz (second digital dividend) and the refarming of the 900MHz band providing two possible options to deliver this if so, it will look at the challenges and opportunities associated with both approaches. It will also explore the momentum that some say is growing for Whitespace users in the region (in countries such as Colombia, Brazil and Argentina). Ultimately the question is the same as it is across many other frequency bands – how can regulators balance the need to meet ever increasing requirements for 5G with the protection of incumbents and other key users.

  • To what extent will the low-band spectrum already allocated to mobile be sufficient to enable them to meet the coverage requirements of today and tomorrow?
  • If there is a need for additional spectrum for 5G in the UHF bands, and if so then what bands could provide options for this?
  • Has there been any move on the possibility of a second digital dividend in the 600Mhz band and what is the current position in this band across the region?
  • How important is the 600MHz band for broadcasters, and what would it mean for these key users if countries did start to look at also making this available for 5G?
  • How can it be ensured that the requirements of the broadcast community and other key incumbent users can continue to be met?
  • To what extent can the refarming of spectrum in the 900MHz band that was traditionally used for 2G and 3G services help to meet any additional need for 4G or 5G spectrum? What challenges would be associated with this approach?
  • With Brazil launching a recent consultation on the possible opening up of whitespaces for dynamic spectrum use and whitespace trials also happening in Argentina, is there momentum for whitespace technologies now growing in the region? What does the future hold for these dynamic technologies?

 

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Moderator: Jonathan Wall
Manager, Aetha Consulting
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Alejandro Navarrete
Head of Spectrum Unit, IFT Mexico
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Paulo Ricardo Balduino
Director Spectrum Planning, ABERT
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Roberto Rodriguez Dorrego
Head of Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica
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Hector Marin
Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
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Martha Suarez
President, DSA
12:45 - 13:15
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Event Background

Launched in 2014, and now in its seventh consecutive year, the Latin America Spectrum Management conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion within the region.

In the 6 years since it begun, the conference has grown year-on-year due to its positioning as a neutral platform, which ensure all key stakeholders get their voices heard.

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.

Previous Event

Taking place in Lima, Peru on September 18 – 19, 2019, The 6th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 200 delegates from across Latin America, US, Canada and beyond for high-level discussions on preparation for WRC-19 and beyond, planning ahead to deliver the 5G further, Spectrum auctions awards and pricing, delivering a spectrum environment that meets the needs of all, and much, much 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 Latin-America 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.

Session 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
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Event platform

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

Contact

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

Lula Howard
Senior Event Manager
Forum Global

spectrumlatam@forum-global.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 026