Latin America Spectrum Management Conference

5th Mena Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 8th Latin America Spectrum Management Conference will return as a virtual event in November 2021.

Taking place across a series of individual sessions, the conference will once again provide an online platform for stakeholders from Latin America 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 will go beyond the standard webinar. Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, technology demonstrations, a virtual exhibition area and more!

More details on the event, including the agenda and speaker line-up will be available shortly.

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

Key Themes

WRC-23 – state of play ahead of the inter-regional workshop

Connecting the unconnected – tackling the digital divide

Delivering the reality of 5G in Latin America

Vertical connectivity – what approach for Latin America?

The emerging shape of the 6GHz band, C-Band and mmWave frequencies

Spectrum pricing, auctions and awards

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Global
www.forum-global.com
Forum Global specializes in policy focused conferences and events, providing a platform for discussion and debate on topical issues across a variety of different sectors. These events are organized with clients and partners and aim to progress ideas and actions on important issues, all within a balanced and neutral setting.Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which was founded by Giles Merritt, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and is widely recognized as the leading EU dedicated event provider.Headed by a team of events specialists with over 19 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
Event Partner
Ericsson
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.
Event Partner
Huawei
https://consumer.huawei.com/en/
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
Nokia
https://www.nokia.com/
Event Partner
Coleago Consulting
www.coleago.co.uk
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.
Event Partner
Facebook
www.facebook.com
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Event Partner
GSMA
www.gsma.com
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Event Partner
Intelsat
https://intelsat.com/
Event Partner
LS telcom
www.lstelcom.com
LS telcom AG is an ISO-certified, worldwide leading provider of system solutions and consulting services for efficient spectrum management, radio monitoring and radio network planning (mobile broadband, IoT, critical communications, broadcast, etc.). Since its foundation in 1992, LS telcom has supported National Regulatory Authorities, International Institutions, Network Operators, Equipment Manufacturers and System Integrators to address challenges in radio communications. Through its global footprint of serving customers in more than 100 countries on five continents, LS telcom has gathered significant know-how and experience from around the world. Headquartered in Lichtenau, Germany, LS telcom currently employs more than 250 people worldwide with subsidiaries in Australia, in the US, Canada, France, UK, South Africa, UAE and China. LS telcom invests substantial resources in research and development to be ahead of technology trends. To remain up to date with international regulations, standards and technology, LS telcom is a sector member of the ITU and actively participates in radio communications programs with prestigious universities and research institutes around the world.
Event Partner
LYA
www.lya.com
LYA is an expert consultant to the telecommunications and broadcasting industry focused on strategic advice, research and spectrum matters including auctions.LYA’s focus is on providing value-added services in development and implementation of strategy and business plans, investment analysis, support of acquisitions and divestitures, due diligence reviews and financial modelling. We provide regulatory and policy analysis, including expert evidence, and auction consulting services. LYA’s clients include mobile carriers, investors and regulators.LYA has independently developed Auction Platforms supporting different formats (SMRA, CCA, and clock auctions). LYA’s Auction Platforms have been used extensively to conduct mock auctions and simulations leveraging robot bidder capabilities. The Platforms are secure and configurable for use by auctioneers. The LYA team brings experience and expertise across different auction formats, spectrum bands and applications around the world.LYA also offers its clients the ability to conduct private auctions of spectrum licenses or other assets and handles all key tasks supporting the sale. Please visit www.LYA.com for more details.
Event Partner
OneWeb
https://www.oneweb.world/
OneWeb will enable connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service, connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere.
Event Partner
Viasat
www.viasat.com
Viasat is the global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat innovations have helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments, and militaries around the world communicate — even in the hardest-to-reach places.
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
Aetha Consulting
www.aethaconsulting.com
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend.We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
Knowledge Partner
NERA Economic Consulting
www.nera.com
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Speakers include:

Mario Maniewicz, ITU

Mario
Maniewicz

Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

Oscar Leon

Oscar Leon

Executive Secretary, CITEL

Shalini

Shalini Periyalwar

Senior Advisor, ISED Canada

Vinicius Caram

Vinicius Caram

Superintendent, ANATEL

Sullivan-Thomas_website

Tom Sullivan

Chief, International Bureau, FCC

Hector Bude

Hector Bude

Head of Spectrum Management Department, URSEC

Agostinho Linhares

Agostinho Linhares

Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting, Anatel Brazil

Martin Olmos

Martin Olmos

Undersecretary, Information and Communication Technology of Argentina

Lucas Gallitto

Lucas Gallitto

Public Policy Director, Latin America, GSMA

Christopher Casarrubias

Christopher Casarrubias

Head of LatAm Government and Regulatory Affairs, OneWeb

Previous speakers include:

Agenda

Times listed below are Mexico City Local Time (UTC -5)

Day 1
2021-11-22
Day 2
2021-11-23
Day 3
2021-11-24
10:00 - 10:10
Welcome and Introductions
10:10 - 10:55
Session 1: Keynote Presentations
10:55 - 12:00
Session 2: Preparation for WRC-23 – state of play ahead of the Inter-Regional Workshop

Preparatory work for WRC-23 has been continuing at a regional level both across the Americas and around the rest of the world. Less than a month after this conference, the first inter-regional workshop is due to be held, offering a first formal opportunity for representatives from each region to come together to discuss initial positions and exchange views. Ahead of that, this session will provide an update on current thinking across the Americas and elsewhere, initial results from studies that are being seen and the common views and proposals that are emerging.

 

• What are going to be the key discussions and agenda items at WRC-23 for Latin American stakeholders?
• What views and positions are emerging across the CITEL region and in other regions around the world?
• What results are being seen from the various sharing studies and other preparatory work that is being undertaken?
• In which areas and agenda items is there already broad agreement, and where is it likely that things will be a little more contentious?
• How do the views that are emerging at a CITEL level compare with positions elsewhere in the world?
• Moving beyond WRC-23, What are likely to be the key agenda items and topics for discussion for WRC-27?

12:00 - 12:45
Lunch break
12:45 - 13:05
Thinking Point: Mobile network licencing and spectrum management in the age of 5G
13:05 - 14:10
Session 3: Delivering the reality of 5G in Latin America – where are we now and what are the next steps?

5G is becoming a reality across Latin America. Networks have now been launched in Uruguay and Brazil, with awards of 5G spectrum having taken place in Chile, Brazil and Dominican Republic, and expected soon in Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico amongst others. With the journey towards 5G continuing to move forward in this way, this session will take stock and provide an update of where currently are, as well as looking at future plans that are starting to emerge for the award of 5G spectrum across the region. With 4G adoption across the region still only at 55% at the end of last year, it will look at how regulators can balance the need to continue roll out of these services alongside the longer-term task of building and preparing for a 5G future.

 

• What 5G awards have taken place so far across the region, and what plans and roadmaps are set for future releases?
• What are the next steps following award of 5G spectrum, and how can regulators and operators work together to ensure 5G networks are then rolled out as soon as possible?
• What work is being done to promote and find the required investment in 5G across the region?
• How should countries be looking to balance the need to bring 5G spectrum to market alongside the continuing priority of rolling out 4G across the region?
• How ready is Latin America for 5G more broadly and how can it be ensured that the required infrastructure in place?
• How can IMT work together with other technologies such as satellite and WiFi to successfully deliver the 5G future?

14:10 - 14:55
Showcase Session 1
14:55 - 15:10
Break
15:10 - 16:15
Session 4: Delivering vertical connectivity – what approach for Latin America?

As they look to meet the many varied connectivity requirements of different vertical industries, regulators are increasingly moving away from the traditional model of solely allocating spectrum to MNOs, and instead looking at the option of providing access directly to these end-users, enabling them to develop their own private, localised networks. In Latin America, countries are at a relatively early stage in deciding their preferred approach to deliver this vertical connectivity, meaning that the option potentially still exists to develop a co-ordinated approach across the region, instead of the fragmented approach that is being seen in Europe. This session will look at the different models and bands that are emerging as options to provide the ultra-reliable ‘industrial’ grade connectivity that is required by key vertical sectors, and at the best way forward for Latin America at both a national and regional level.

 

  • What early approaches to delivering the required spectrum for verticals are being seen across the region?
  • What bands are being considered and to what extent is a co-ordinated approach being seen?
  • Given the early stage that most counties across the region are in planning their approach to delivering vertical connectivity, is there still the potential to deliver a harmonized frequency band for private/ vertical usage within the mid-band range across Latin America and to avoid the fragmented approach that is being seen in Europe?
  • To what extent should countries be considering allocating dedicated spectrum for vertical users and for the development of localised private networks? What options should be considered both in terms of bands and licencing models?
  • What other options exist to supporting verticals who want to build private networks? Could, for example, spectrum leasing or network/spectrum planning be viable options?
10:00 - 13:25
Session 5: The emerging shape of the 6GHz band
10:00 - 11:05
Session 5i: Where are we at? Emerging positions on the future of the 6GHz band regionally and globally

The 6GHz band is currently used across LatAm and much for the rest of the world for satellite uplink services and point-to-point fixed and microwave systems. It is also seen by both WiFi and IMT providers as a critical band to enable them to deliver their next generation wireless systems. Across the Americas region, positions on the band are emerging and there is movement across many countries to allocate the band or at least a portion of it) for unlicenced access. Whilst this continues, the future of the band is also on the agenda for WRC-23 – in the Americas (region 2), the top 100 MHz portion is under consideration for possible IMT allocation. This session will look at the different positions on the band across Latin America and elsewhere around the world, and what this might mean for the discussions on the band at WRC-23 and the broader future of the band in region 2 and beyond. With debates around the future of the band often billed as ‘WiFi vs 5G’, it will look at the extent to which this needs to be the case given the potentially complementary nature of these technologies.

 

• Where do we currently stand both across the Americas and elsewhere around the world when it comes to decisions on the future use of the 6GHz band?
• What national positions are emerging across the LatAm region, and to what extent is work being done to deliver a co-ordinated regional approach?
• To what extent may decisions already taken on the band by countries across the region and in Canada and the US have on the broader future of the band, and on the work that is being done towards WRC-23?
• To what extent will the 6GHz band play an important role in supporting digital transformation and digital economic growth in the region? How can the socio-economic benefits of the 6GHz band be best maximised across both developed and developing countries in the LatAm region?
• To what extent is co-existence between incumbent and potential new users such as WiFi and 5G feasible? What are some potential challenges would this present and how could these be overcome?
• Where does the balance lie between licenced and licence-exempt use of the 6GHz spectrum?
• Should the decisions that are being taken in the band be billed as being a choice between ‘WiFi vs 5G’, or is there ultimately a need to recognise the complimentary nature of these technologies and the role that they will both play in delivering a connected future?

11:05 - 11:50
Showcase Session 2
11:50 - 12:20
Lunch Break
12:20 - 13:25
Session 5ii: Protecting the rights of all users in the 6GHz band – technical parameters and power limits

As we have just seen, the future of the 6GHz band across the LatAm region as a whole is still not clear, with a number of countries still looking into the usage of the band and support from different parts of industry for both RLAN and licenced usage of this spectrum. Certain countries however have already announced their decision, with the majority (including Brazil, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala) taking the same approach as has been seen in the US and Canada and allocating the entire band for unlicenced use. This session will look at the next steps in those countries in which this decision has been taken. It will look at the plans in the band that are emerging, at the new use cases that opening up this spectrum is going to enable, and at the technical parameters and power limits that have been put in place within different scenarios to help avoid interference.

 

• What will the decision to open the band for unlicenced use mean for various different stakeholders – WiFi providers, incumbent users and users in adjacent bands, other industries also interested in this spectrum and most importantly, consumers?
• What technical parameters, power limits and other measures are being considered across different countries in order to protect incumbent (eg satellite and fixed links/backhaul) users in the band, and also users in adjacent bands?
• What new services and use cases are going to be enabled by the decision to open up the band for unlicenced use, and the larger channels (potentially up to 160Mhz) that this will open up?
• What has been the progress thus far in terms of device standards and ecosystem readiness for new applications expecting to leverage the 6GHZ band?
• What are the next steps and what is the timeframe ahead for likely rollout of full commercial services across the band?
• Will there be unlicensed equipment for the support of the complete 5925-7125 MHz as well as 5925-6425 MHz?

13:25 - 14:30
Session 6: The C-band and beyond – what options exist to provide the required mid-band spectrum for 5G?

A recent study by GSMA claimed that in order to meet future needs for 5G, an additional 2GHz of mid-band spectrum will be required for 5G by 2030. At the same time, there are of course a number of other key users across the mid-band frequencies who’s needs also need to be met – satellite, WiFi and more. This session will look at the extent to which this figure is a realistic estimate of what is actually required, and at the different bands and options that are available in order to meet these growing needs. Focus will be given to the C-band, where the 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz portion of the band has been allocated for IMT, and where the future of both the 3.3GHz – 3.4GHz and the 3.6GHz – 3.8 GHz portions of the band are set to be discussed at WRC-23; and also to other mid-band frequencies which may provide options to deliver the additional required bandwidth.

 

  • How much additional mid-band spectrum is required for 5G in the short-term and the long-term? To what extent is the figure of 2GHz provided by the GSMA study an accurate reflection for the LatAm region?
  • What scope is there to use spectrum in the C-band to help meet these needs (beyond the 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz section that has already been allocate)?
  • How can the requirements for 5G be balanced with the vital needs of the satellite sector and other incumbent users?
  • What other bands beyond the C-band and 6GHz (which was covered in detail earlier today) can provide options to meet the growing needs for mid-band spectrum?
  • To what extent can refarming of existing licences across mid-band frequencies help to provide the required spectrum for 5G in the lower C-band as opposed to the award of new licences?
  • How important is it that a co-ordinated approach across the mid-band frequencies is seen in the region?
10:00 - 11:05
Session 7: Connecting the unconnected – progress and options in tackling the digital divide

COVID-19 has really highlighted the importance of digital connectivity in allowing governments, individuals and businesses to cope with social distancing, work from home, get access to distance learning and telehealth, and maintain business and service continuity. More than a third of the population in Latin America is still not digitally connected, and this digital divide is a major challenge for technology providers and policymakers across the region. This session will look at the different technologies, regulatory models and other options that are available to help to tackle this issue and deliver affordable connectivity in rural areas. Focussing on some of the successful projects that are emerging, it will look at how policymakers, technology providers and other key stakeholders can come together to overcome the barriers and continue to connect the hardest to reach areas.

 

  • How are technology companies, connectivity providers and other key stakeholders collaborating to help deliver connectivity in rural areas and what tangible progress in narrowing the digital divide has been seen in Latin America over the past few years?
  • How can it be ensured that connectivity is provided in an affordable and secure manner, and that the needs of unconnected communities are both understood and met?
  • What innovative and collaborative approaches are being seen? How can new technologies be combined with forward thinking policies and regulatory models to deliver real and tangible progress?
  • What impact can emerging new technologies such as fixed wireless access (FWA) have on connecting the unconnected and tackling the digital divide, and to what extent is this impact already starting to be seen?
  • What mix of technologies will be required to fully meet the needs of unconnected communities across different urban and rural scenarios?
  • What are the spectrum requirements, and how can it be ensured that access to the necessary bandwidth is available?
11:05 - 12:10
Session 8: Examining the future for mmWave spectrum across the region

Whilst a few of countries across Latin America have now awarded spectrum in the high frequency mmWave bands, in general the speed of release of spectrum in these bands has possibly been a little slower than anticipated. Many countries seem to be currently prioritising the release of spectrum in the mid-band frequencies. This session will look at plans that are emerging across the region for both the release and use of mmWave spectrum in the short-term and long-term. It will look at the different use case and users that exist in the band at the moment, and those which are likely to emerge as we move towards a 5G future. How the needs of all of the key users in these frequencies be met now and in the future?

 

  • What is the future for mmWave spectrum across the LatAm region and what demand is there likely to be in both the short-term and the long-term future?
  • What factors should regulators be considering when deciding how much mmWave spectrum they should bring to market and when they should be doing this?
  • What progress is being seen with regards to the continued rollout and use of mmWave 5G networks in the US and Canada?
  • Is mmWave spectrum still seen as a priority by IMT stakeholders, or with initial 5G systems and networks increasingly seeming to be based around low or mid-band spectrum, are we seeing an adjustment in the way in which mmWave spectrum is viewed?
  • What use-cases are likely to be seen in the band? Will mmWave frequencies remain the central for 5G network rollout, or is it likely to move to more of a ‘support’ role in specialized applications as part of primarily mid-band or low-band based 5G networks?
  • What potential do mmWave frequencies offer for other use cases such as fixed wireless Internet services, wireless backhaul, or to provide vertical connectivity/private networks?
  • How is the satellite and non-terrestrial ecosystem within the mmWave frequencies developing, and to what extent can mmWave spectrum help the continued development of non-terrestrial 5G?
12:10 - 12:50
Lunch
12:50 - 15:15
Session 9: Spectrum pricing, auctions and awards
12:50 - 13:35
Session 9i: Fireside Chat: Spectrum Pricing – balancing welfare and revenues when valuing spectrum and setting fees

In the past, many regulators have seen spectrum awards simply as a way of generating revenue, and looking to prioritise maximising the prices that can be achieved over anything else. High costs for spectrum bands however means that operators often have less money for investing in infrastructure and can lead to massive gaps in coverage and quality of networks. This has led to a change in direction starting to be seen in some countries, with priority moving towards welfare rather than revenue. In Colombia for example, an innovative new model in the 700MHz is being seen that will offer significant discounts off normal licence fees in return for committing to infrastructure investment, and similar models are being seen or being considered in countries such as Brazil and Peru. This session will look at approaches to spectrum pricing models relating to auction fees, renewal fees, fiscal fees and more, and examine the extent to which regulators should be prioritising revenue generation or welfare.

 

• Where does the balance lie for regulators when it comes to prioritising revenue generation against welfare and ensuring the optimum conditions for investment in networks and infrastructure?
• What do regulators need to be doing to ensure realistic prices for spectrum in awards, and what can be the possible implications if prices are too high?
• What considerations should be taken into account when looking to set renewal fees for spectrum licences?
• Should operators be able to ‘pay’ for spectrum in obligations instead of direct fees and what examples have been seen of this approach across the region?
• How can this model be best implemented to ensure that benefits are maximised? Are there lessons that can be taken from the ways in which similar approaches have been used elsewhere, for example RDOF in the US?

13:35 - 14:05
Break
14:05 - 15:15
Session 9ii: Auction Design

Session details to be confirmed shortly

15:15 - 15:45
Final Conclusions and End of Conference
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Event Background

Launched in 2014, and now in its eighth consecutive year, the Latin America Spectrum Management conference has previously taken place in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Bogota, Buenos Aires and Lima. The event is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion within 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.

Previous Event

Taking place virtually for the first time in November 2020, the 7th Latin America Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 800 delegates from across the region and beyond for high-level discussions on WRC-19 & WRC-23, mmWave bands, the digital divide, key spectrum bands (in low, mid and high ranges), future connectivity networks, spectrum sharing, spectrum for verticals and much much more..

You can view more details of the 2020 edition of this event here, and replay all of the sessions here.

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Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Lula Howard, Senior Event Manager, Forum Global at [email protected] or +44 (0) 2920 783 026.