The 10th Latin America Spectrum Management Conference will take place on February 20 – 21, 2024 at ‘Espaço Cultural’ in ANATEL’s headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, providing the first opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss the outcomes of WRC-23, and implementation and next steps.
Across 2 days attendees have the opportunity to be involved in these important discussions on the key spectrum topics for the Latin America region and beyond, through interactive sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibition area and much more.
Registration is now open – secure your place today!
The conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series the world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.
During the conference, simultaneous translation will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The dust has just about settled following 4 weeks of intensive discussions at WRC-23. Decisions have been taken on key agenda items, and stakeholders across the Americas and globally are now starting to consider what this means for them, and what are the next steps? This session will look to answer these questions and more and discuss the timeline ahead in order to implement the outcomes and decisions that have been taken. As a first opportunity to digest WRC-23, we’ll dive into questions and answers that have come out of Dubai and what this means for Latin American countries, stakeholders and citizens and their immediate and long term objectives.
Spectrum in the mid-band frequencies has been hotly contested over the past decade or more, with key users jostling for access to what has been described as the spectrum ‘sweet-spot’. Following key decisions at WRC-23 on (amongst others) the 3.3 – 3.4 GHz, 3.6 – 3.7 GHz, 3.7– 3.8 GHz, 4.8 – 4.99 GHz and 6 GHz bands, there is now a clearer perspective of identified spectrum for IMT both across the Americas and globally. This session will look at the shape of the spectrum landscape that has developed, the balance of different technologies that have access to frequencies and the access models that are used to provide this. It will explore the extent to which key technologies now have access to sufficient mid-band frequencies to meet their future requirements, and whether the correct balance has been achieved when it comes to making spectrum available on a licensed, unlicensed, and shared basis. Are these key bands being allocated in a balanced manner that meets all stakeholder needs? What is now the best way forward to ensure that maximum value is obtained from these key bands in order to deliver the best possible outcome for consumers and businesses across the region?
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, localized networks. A number of different bands and approaches are being seen around in different regions around the world. This session will look at the different approaches that are being seen, and at the licensing models and bands that are emerging as options to provide the ultra-reliable ‘industrial’ grade connectivity that is required by key vertical sectors. It will explore the pros and cons of approaches sharing and localized licenses, and at the technical conditions, parameters and power limits that may be necessary to ensure interference free access for both incumbent and new users.
5G rollout across the region is gathering pace, with an increasing number of countries now having deployed networks over the past 12 months, and more expected in 2024. This session will look at the current state of play across the region, and the extent to which a coordinated approach across the region is emerging. With progress across countries at varying stages, it will look at the different solutions that are being found to drive 5G connectivity forward. It will explore lessons that can be taken from those experiences seen to date of 5G rollout, as well as lessons learned from previous ‘G’ rollouts. How can stakeholders across the region work together to accelerate the pace of 5G deployment across the region in order to meet the increasing needs of stakeholders and emerging new use cases across the region?
Regulators across Latin America are faced with the constant challenge of finding the best way to bring spectrum to market whilst designing fair and competitive award processes for both spectrum acquisitions and license renewals. A range of different approaches are being seen, with regulators increasingly introducing regulatory tools such as coverage obligations, regional licensing and the full reallocation of auction proceeds into connectivity infrastructure to bring balance between social and economic goals when designing awards. This session will look at some of the innovative new approaches that are being seen across the region, and at the results that these are delivering. It will discuss the importance for regulators to implement fair and clear pricing strategies when it comes to both license awards and renewals, looking at examples of best practices and the impact that uncompetitive pricing can have, as well as how legacy challenges can be overcome. It will move on to more broadly address processes that should be used to ensure spectrum prices for both initial spectrum awards and renewals of licenses, and on the effect that high spectrum prices can have on consumers as well as impacting the level of investment and rollout speed of networks.
Concerted efforts across Latin America to overcome the digital divide have seen significant progress, with exponential growth in connectivity achieved over recent years. Progress has now slowed slightly however as more communities are brought online, as naturally it is those areas which are the most economically and technically challenging areas that are the last to be connected – the majority of the estimated 7% of the population in the region (40 million people) that still remain unconnected live in the very remote areas or in locations with complex terrain. And in addition to this coverage gap, there also remains a significant usage gap, with millions of people in both rural and urban areas having access to connectivity but not using it due to barriers such as device affordability and lack of digital skills. Increasingly collaboration is becoming part of the strategy to tackle these remaining challenges, with regulators and different industry sectors all working together in order to deliver sustainable and economically viable solutions. This session will look at some of the different approaches that are being seen across different countries, and how policymakers and industry are coming together to utilize innovative new technologies and strategies to tackle both connectivity and usage gaps across the region.
The global space and satellite sector is currently experiencing a period of rapid transformation and development. The increasing number of NGSO networks and ‘mega constellations’ that are being seen today is creating exciting new opportunities, but also a dramatic increase in satellite demand for spectrum and a number of regulatory challenges, including licensing rules and frameworks. This session will examine the current regulatory framework for spectrum access for geostationary (GSO) and non-geostationary (NGSO) satellites, exploring the extent to which an update is required in order to keep pace with the new technological advancements and innovations that are being seen, as well as protecting spectrum rights of existing and new users. It will examine some of the exciting new business models that are emerging (such as direct satellite-to-device connectivity) and how these are impacting the way in which satellite operators are accessing and using spectrum, and discuss the best way forward to ensure the satellite sector can continue to thrive as we move towards 6G.
Striking the balance between coordinated development of spectrum policy across the region, and the need to take into account national differences and to provide strategic autonomy for each country is a challenging objective. The benefits of coordinated regional policies are well documented – harmonization increases economies of scale, widening the availability of equipment and reduces prices. Simultaneously, individual countries have individual requirements and there is the need to consider these national differences when delivering spectrum policies to deliver maximum benefits to citizens and businesses. Coupled with this fact, in recent years, the spectrum framework that has been developing across some of the countries that have traditionally led the way in many areas of spectrum policy in the region has taken a different path than that seen in other regions around the world. This session will look at the importance of harmonization on key spectrum policy decisions in the region, and where the balance lies between this approach and also taking into account national differences. How can countries make the best decisions on a national and regional level to ensure policies that obtain maximum value from the available spectrum and deliver on both country specific and wider regional objectives?
Whilst work across the LatAm region is continuing on the rollout of both 4G and 5G networks, attention is also starting to turn to what comes next, and on delivering the required spectrum to meet the future needs of 6G. There will be a need to balance the need to find spectrum for 6G with the continued demand for additional spectrum for 5G and intensified competition from a diverse range of both existing and new players. Against this backdrop, and also considering the fact that it seems very likely that 6G is going to require large blocks of contiguous spectrum in an already highly crowded ecosystem, it will be impossible to meet these needs through the identification of new bands alone. Creative and innovative approaches from both policymakers and connectivity providers will be required, with emerging technologies and innovative new access and licensing models likely to play a part in helping to deliver the required connectivity. This session will explore the likely evolution of the connectivity environment and the framework that governs access to spectrum as we move towards the era of 6G. It will look at trends that may emerge and at how creative policy measures and advancing technologies can help maximize the efficiency of the available bandwidth and ensure that the needs of 6G are met alongside other key future connectivity technologies.
With WRC-23 behind us, we now look forward to WRC-27. The first preparatory meeting for this next conference (CPM27-1) took place in the week immediately following the conclusion of discussions in Dubai, and the key agenda items and bands to be studied have been set. This session will look at the work that will now begin and the timeline ahead as working parties and studies start to take shape. It will explore the issues that are set to be most prominent in discussions over the next four years both in Region 2 and internationally, and what this could possibly mean for the development of the spectrum landscape across Latin America. How will all stakeholders be involved over the next four years, what are their priorities and how can the region come together to ensure that WRC-27 brings with it a better and more prosperous spectrum policy at national and regional levels?
This conference will be held under a Hybrid Format. To ensure the health and safety of our speakers, attendees, sponsors and staff while maximising interaction amongst participants, in-person attendance at this event may be limited.
We will continue to monitor developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, follow recommendations regarding masks, social distancing, and sanitation set out by the venue and local authorities and may revise the capacity limit based on the advice received.
Launched in 2014, and now in its tenth year, The Latin America Spectrum Management Conference has previously taken place in Peru, Buenos Aires, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico, as well as fully virtual editions in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
This event takes places as part of the Global Spectrum Series – the world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.
Taking place virtually in December 2022, we were joined by more than 500 delegates. Find more information and catch up on the highlights at the links below.
This event is taking place as part of the Global Spectrum Series, for further information on speaking, sponsorship or visibility opportunities, and to discuss how you can maximize the value of involvement, please contact Dan Craft on [email protected] or on +44 (0) 2920 783 020.
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please contact Ariana Martins using the details below.
Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 020
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