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.
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
Executive Secretary, CITEL
Undersecretary of Telecommunications, SUBTEL, Chile
Director of the Communications Industry, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, Colombia
Commissioner, IFT Mexico
Director General, ANE, Colombia
Executive Secretary, COMTELCA
Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting, Anatel Brazil
General Director of Policy and Regulation on Communications, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Peru
GSA Spectrum Chair for CITEL Region
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSC
Public Policy Director, Latin America, GSMA
VP, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat
Deputy Director Regulatory Affairs, America Movil
Times listed below are Bogota Local Time (UTC -5)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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