6th MENA Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 6th MENA Spectrum Management Conference will take place in a Hybrid Format in Tunis, Tunisia from 30 June – 1 July 2022. The event will run back-to-back with the ASMG – 29 meeting taking place in the same week from 27 – 29 June. Registration is now open to attend in-person or virtually. Please kindly note that discussions for this event will take place in English only. 

Across 2 days attendees will have the opportunity to be involved in discussions on the key spectrum topics for the MENA region and beyond, through interactive sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibition area and much more.

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

Key theme 3

WRC-23 Preparation​

Key theme 2

5G rollout in the region

Key theme 6

Maximising the potential of spectrum sharing ​

Connectivity from the sky ​

Future of the 6GHz, the 3.8-4.2GHz & the 470-694MHz bands​

The Path to 6G

Useful Information

Venue

ROYAL SWISS ASBU TUNIS

Av Med Fadhel Benachour
Place du barreau
Tunis 1006
Tunisa

Room Rates

We have reduced room rates at the venue – you can view these here.

To make a booking for accommodation please email: commercial.asbu@royalswisshotels.com and let them know you are booking with the reduced rate at the MENA / ASMG conference.

For information on entry into Tunisia, please visit https://www.visatunisia.com/travel-and-entry-restrictions/.

Please kindly note we do ask all attending delegates to check your local and Tunisian Government websites for the most up to date requirements.

Organisers & Partners

Platinum Sponsors

Event Organiser
Forum Global
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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.
Airbus
Platinum Sponsor
www.airbus.com
Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defence as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader. Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international – with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.Innovation has always been a driving force at Airbus, which promotes cutting-edge technologies and scientific excellence to contribute to global progress. Through its predecessor companies, Airbus pioneered many of the technologies that helped conquer the skies and are now part of everyday life. Airbus encourages its industry-leading experts to push their boundless imaginations, moving the company into the Industry 4.0 era and inventing new possibilities for the future of flight: from manned and unmanned vehicles for urban mobility, to hybrid and electric propulsion systems for cleaner aviation.With its Zephyr platform Airbus is providing a High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) that fills a capability gap between satellites and UAVs running exclusively on solar power and flying above the weather and above commercial air traffic. Zephyr can deliver numerous payload capabilities across two platforms: Zephyr S and the more capable Zephyr T with a unique twin tail design. Zephyr T is able to carry larger payloads for applications such widespread, persistent internet coverage to remote areas of the globe.
Broadcast Networks Europe
Platinum Sponsor
www.broadcast-networks.eu
Broadcast Networks Europe is dedicated to maintaining an efficient and fair regulatory and operational environment for Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators with a view to ensuring European citizens continue having universal access to a broad range of TV and radio programs and content as well as other over-the-air services.
Coleago Consulting
Platinum Sponsor
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
Ericsson
Platinum Sponsor
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.
GSA
Platinum Sponsor
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.
GSMA
Platinum Sponsor
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.
GSOA
Platinum Sponsor
gsoasatellite.com
GSOA 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.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Platinum Sponsor
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HPE is a global, edge-to-cloud Platform-as-a-Service company built to transform your business. How? By helping you connect, protect, analyse and act on all your data and applications wherever they live, from edge to cloud, so you can turn insights into outcomes at the speed required to thrive in today’s complex world.
Huawei
Platinum Sponsor
www.huawei.com
Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. We have more than 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world. Huawei is a private company wholly owned by its employees. Through the Union of Huawei Investment & Holding Co., Ltd., we implement an Employee Shareholding Scheme involving 104,572 employees. Only Huawei employees are eligible to participate. No government agency or outside organization holds shares in Huawei.
Inmarsat
Platinum Partner
www.inmarsat.com
Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.
Intelsat
Platinum Sponsor
www.intelsat.com
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
Meta
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Nokia
Platinum Sponsor
www.nokia.com
Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.
OneWeb
Platinum Sponsor
www.oneweb.world
OneWeb is a global communications network powered by a constellation of 650 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Headquartered in London, OneWeb enables high-speed, low latency connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities everywhere around the world. OneWeb’s satellites, network of gateway stations, and range of User Terminals, provide affordable, fast, high bandwidth, low-latency communication services connected to the IOT future, and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere.
Qualcomm
Platinum Sponsor
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Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. While many of our inventions and breakthroughs reside “under the hood” of consumer electronics, they have transformed the world in a big way. They have helped propel mobile to the forefront of the technology world and to the top of consumers’ wish lists. They have created new opportunities for mobile ecosystem players — the wireless device makers, the operators, the developers and the content creators of the world. And more recently, our inventions and breakthroughs have inspired fresh, new ideas from those companies — large and small — new to the wireless space. We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. Together, we focus on a single goal — invent mobile technology breakthroughs. We pioneered 3G and 4G — and now, we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries including automotive, computing, IoT and healthcare, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined.

Gold Sponsors

Gold Partners
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.

Silver Sponsors

APWPT
Silver Partner
https://apwpt.org/
APWPT is an international association that represents the interests of users and manufacturers of wireless production equipment. Our work focuses on frequency requirements, frequency usage and frequency policy.

Knowledge Partners

Aetha Consulting
Knowledge Partner
www.aethaconsulting.com
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend. We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
NERA Economic Consulting
Knowledge Partner
www.nera.com
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Supported by

ASMG v1
ITU
ANF

Speakers include

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR
ITU

Tariq-Al-Awadhi

Tariq Al Awadhi

Chairman
Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)

oLFA

Olfa Jammeli

General Director
Frequency National Agency (ANF – Tunisia)

Untitled design (5)

Mohamed Moghazi

Chairman, ASMG WG 1 & Executive Director
National Radio Spectrum Management. NTRA of Egypt

Mohammad Aljanoobi

Mohammad Al Janoobi

General Manager, Radio Spectrum planning
CITC, Saudi Arabia

Philip-Marnick-2022

Philip Marnick

General Director
TRA Bahrain

Mohammed Alabdulqader

Mohammed Alabdulqader

General Manager, Radio Spectrum Services
CITC, Saudi Arabia

Jinane Karam

Jinane Karam

Senior Manager for Government Affairs
Qualcomm

Fatima Karim Peters

Fatima Karim

Chairwoman
GSA ASMG Spectrum Team

Detlef Fuehrer

Detlef Fuehrer

Senior Manager, Spectrum Management and Regulatory Affairs, EMEA
HPE

Ulrich Rehfuess

Ulrich Rehfuess

Head of Spectrum Policy
Nokia

Sultan AlBalooshi

Sultan AlBalooshi

Manager, Spectrum Policy
TDRA

Jean Pierre Faisan

Jean Pierre Faisan

Chair, Communications Working Group
BNE

Hasan

Hasan Mohamed Hasan

Director of Wireless Licenses, Frequencies and Monitoring
TRA Bahrain

Asmae Lachhab

Asmae Lachhab

Senior Marketing and Solution Manager, 5G Development and Spectrum Regulation & Policy covering Northern Africa Region
Huawei Technologies

Agenda

Day 1
2022-06-30
Day 2
2022-07-01
09:00 - 09:55
Session 1: Keynote Presentations
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Olfa Jammeli
General Director, Frequency National Agency (ANF – Tunisia)
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
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Tariq Al Awadhi
Chairman, Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)
09:55 - 11:05
Session 2: WRC-23 – Are preparations on track? 

The last edition of the MENA Spectrum Management Conference was held in February 2020, when the region was still at a very early stage in the preparations for WRC-23. Delegates at that event were asked what they thought would be the most prominent issue at WRC-23, and overwhelmingly voted for the UHF band (40%), with 3.3-3.8GHz (21%) in second place, and 6GHz (21%) third. Now almost 18 months on and with preparations for WRC-23 moving ahead at pace, this session will bring together experts from across different stakeholder groups to discuss the progress that has been made on preparatory work and preliminary studies in these key areas and more. With Covid restrictions meaning that preparatory meetings and discussions have been taking place online rather than in person, it will look at the challenges that this has caused, at the extent to which progress is on track, and the work that still needs to be done to ensure a successful outcome for WRC-23 for the ASMG region and more broadly. At the end of the session, delegates will once again be asked to vote on what they see as being the most prominent issue at WRC, to see whether opinions have changed.

 

  • What are the latest updates with regards to the work that is being done to prepare for WRC-23 in the ASMG region? What results are starting to emerge from preliminary studies?
  • What were the key takeaways from the first inter-regional workshop (which was held at the end of 2021), and what positions are starting to emerge in other regions? 
  • In which areas are we seeing consensuses starting to emerge across the ASMG region and more broadly?
  • Which issues are expected to be the most challenging in finding agreement? 
  • What impact has the pandemic had on preparation for WRC-23, and are we on track with regards to progress with preparatory studies that have been taking place and the drafting of text for the CPM?
  • What are the key challenges that remain as we start to approach the final stages of WRC-23 preparation, and how can these be addressed now that meetings are starting to move back to an in-person format?
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Moderator: Khalid AlAwadhi
Representative, Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)
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Mohamed Moghazi
Chairman, ASMG WG 1 & Executive Director, National Radio Spectrum Management. NTRA of Egypt
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Ross Bateson
Special Government Adviser, GSMA
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Mohaned Juwad
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA
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Walid Sami
Senior Project Manager, EBU
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Fatima Karim
Chairwoman, GSA ASMG Spectrum Team
11:05 - 11:30
Refreshment Break
11:30 - 12:40
Session 3: Continuing the journey – A roadmap for the rollout and evolution of 5G across the MENA region

Countries across the MENA region were amongst the first in the world to award 5G spectrum and start the rollout of networks. And whilst others in the region are a little further back in their 5G journey, progress is continuing at pace across the region to identify spectrum for 5G and start the development of national 5G roadmaps. With the rollout and evolution of 5G services continuing to move forward in this way, this session will take stock and provide an update of where we currently are and look at examples of best practice and lessons that can be taken from experiences in 5G rollout so far. It will also look at the next stages in 5G evolution across the region, and the expected timeframe ahead.

 

  • What is the latest state of play with regards to 5G rollout across the region? What awards have taken place so far, and what plans and roadmaps are being set for future releases?
  • What are the steps that countries need to go to through in order to reach the goal of widespread 5G adoption? What examples of best practice in 5G licencing and network deployment have been seen, and what lessons can be learnt from experiences so far?
  • What work is being done to promote and find the required investment in 5G across the region and how can regulators help to facilitate an environment that encourages this?
  • 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 can administrations ensure that mobile and other access network operators such as satellite work together with local connectivity providers such as Wi-Fi to successfully deliver the 5G future?
  • What are the next steps in 5G deployment and rollout? What timeframe can be expected for the full benefits of 5G to be felt across the region, including for 5G standalone and use cases requiring mMTC or URLLC services?
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Moderator: Hichem Besbes
Professor, Supcom University of Carthage
Session 3: Continuing the journey – A roadmap for the rollout and evolution of 5G across the MENA region image
Mohammad Sadeq
Manager, Spectrum Management, CRA Qatar
Session 3: Continuing the journey – A roadmap for the rollout and evolution of 5G across the MENA region image
Luiz Felippe Zoghbi
Senior Spectrum Policy Manager, GSMA
Session 3: Continuing the journey – A roadmap for the rollout and evolution of 5G across the MENA region image
Asmae Lachhab
Senior Marketing and Solution Manager, 5G Development and Spectrum Regulation & Policy covering Northern Africa Region, Huawei Technologies
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Sihem Tajouri
Radio Planning & Engineering Director, Telecom Tunisia
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Laith Hamad
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA
12:40 - 13:40
Lunch
13:40 - 14:00
Thinking Point: Thinking Point: The Metaverse and the evolving connectivity requirements
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Bruno Cendon Martin
Senior Director of Wireless Technologies, Meta
Session 4: A focus on key frequency bands – finding the right balance

The next 3 sessions will take the opportunity to focus in detail on 3 frequency ranges that are amongst the most sought after bands across Arab countries and globally – the 6GHz band, the 3.8-4.2GHz band and the 470-694MHz band. What’s the future of these key bands and of the industry players who are competing over access to them?

14:00 - 15:10
Session 4i: What does the future hold for the 6GHz band in the Arab region?

The debate surrounding the future of the 6GHz band continues – it has become one of the most hotly contested frequency ranges across the Arab region and elsewhere around the world. The WiFi community argue that there are numerous social and economic benefits of making the band available on a licence-exempt basis, and that it is vital to help address the digital divide, improving rural connectivity and accelerate economic innovation. At the same time however, with demand for spectrum for mobile on the rise, the IMT community has argued that the potential that the 6GHz band has to provide contiguous bandwidth of 1200 MHz as an ideal option to provide mid-band capacity for the expansion of 5G. With positions now emerging in countries across the ASMG region and globally on their approaches on the future of the band, this session will look at the current situation in the region and discuss the best way forward for countries looking to make the optimal use of the valuable bandwidth that is available.
 

  • What approaches to the 6GHz band are being seen from different countries across the region and what trends are emerging?
  • How can the socio-economic benefits of the 6GHz band be best maximised for countries in the MENA region?
  • How can regulators ensure a ‘future-proof’ approach to the band, which ensures the best use of this key spectrum in the short, medium, and long-term future?
  • With spectrum already available for 5G in the region both across the C-band and also in other bands such as the 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz bands, how much additional spectrum is still required to meet the full socio-economic benefits of mid-band 5G spectrum?
  • To what extent is co-existence between incumbent and potential new users such as WiFi and 5G feasible? What potential challenges would this present and how could these be overcome?
  • Is there a solution that would ensure that sufficient spectrum in the band is available for both WiFi and IMT users?
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Moderator: Cameron Currin
Manager, Aetha Consulting
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Olfa Jammeli
General Director, Frequency National Agency (ANF – Tunisia)
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Mohammad Sadeq
Manager, Spectrum Management, CRA Qatar
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Detlef Fuehrer
Senior Manager, Spectrum Management and Regulatory Affairs, EMEA, HPE
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Fatima Karim
Representative, Mobile vendors (Huawei, Ericsson & Nokia)
15:10 - 16:15
Session 4ii: The future use of the C-band – meeting the needs of existing users and emerging technologies

The 3.3 – 4.2GHz C-band contains some of the most sought after mid-band spectrum for both IMT and satellite users in the Arab region and across the rest of the world. It is seen as one of the critical bands for the launch of 5G services, and also for the delivery of satellite services across large sections of the Arab states. This session will look at the current shape of the band, and future plans for its use by different stakeholders. It will look at progress that has been made in the 3.4 – 3.6 GHz portion of the band, where 5G networks have been rolled out in a number of countries in the region following its allocation for IMT at WRC-19, but where spectrum still remains unallocated in other countries. It will also look at discussions around the 3-3 – 3.4 GHz and 3.6 – 3.8 GHz bands, which are being studied for co-primary use for IMT at WRC-23. And finally, will examine the long-term future of the 3.8 – 4.2 GHz frequencies, where discussions in Europe and elsewhere have been taking place on possibly licencing parts of the band for 5G use on either a local or national basis. What balance should be taken across the 3.4 – 4.2GHz band to meet the needs of all key users, and to ensure the best use of the available spectrum for stakeholders across the Arab region?

 

  • Where should the balance lie between satellite and 5G users across the entire 3.3 – 4.2GHz band in the MENA region, and how can the needs of all these key services be met?
  • What is the state of play across the region in the 3.4-3.6GHz portion of the band, and what plans and timeframes are expected for those countries in which spectrum has not been allocated or 5G networks have not been rolled out?
  • With this band already allocated on a primary basis to IMT across the region, to what extent is there still a need for additional bandwidth in the C-band to be allocated to the mobile service and identified for IMT?
  • What potential could opening up the 3.8 – 4.2 GHz band alongside the 3.3 – 3.8GHz band provide in facilitating large contiguous blocks of spectrum for mobile operators and increasing spectrum efficiency?
  • What work is being done around the world to explore options to use the band for vertical connectivity? Where should the balance lie between the allocation of 5G licences on a local and a national (light licenced) basis?
  • To what extent is coexistence possible between 5G services (either high power or industrial low-to-medium power) and incumbent users in the band, such as satellite earth stations and terrestrial fixed links?
  • How can any interference between 5G services and as well as spectrum users in adjacent bands (such as radio altimeters on aircraft using 4.2 – 4.4 GHz) be avoided?
  • To what extent is there a need to look at additional coordination of the approach across the band in the region, and how can this be balanced with the needs to take account of national differences across different countries?
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Moderator: Cameron Currin
Manager, Aetha Consulting
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Ali Cheema
Head of Government & Industry Relations Middle East & Africa, Ericsson
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Sultan AlBalooshi
Manager, Spectrum Policy, TDRA UAE
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Sami Derouiche
Director of Spectrum Refarming Unit, ANF Tunisia
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Branimir Stantchev
Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission
16:15 - 16:40
Refreshment Break
16:40 - 18:00
Session 4iii: The future shape of the 470-694 MHz band – Balancing the needs of all key users

The 600MHz (470-694) band has historically been allocated for terrestrial TV both across the Arab region and most of the world. Moves have been taken in some countries however to look to reallocate this spectrum to provide additional low-band coverage for 5G. In the Arab region, Saudi Arabia have become the first country to move forward with these plans, with an auction in the band expected in mid 2022. This session will look at the current thinking across the region with regards to the future of this key band. It will examine the extent to which there is a requirement in the region for additional low-band converge spectrum for 5G, and at how the needs for this can be met alongside safeguarding the needs of other key users of UHF spectrum such as broadcasters, PPDR and PMSE.

 

  • What is the current thinking regarding the 470-694 MHz band in countries across the Arab region?
  • To what extent is there still a need to identify additional spectrum in these lower bands as coverage bands for IMT?
  • What potential is there for spectrum sharing to be introduced in the UHF frequencies, and what different models and techniques could be explored to deliver this?
  • How important is the 600MHz band for terrestrial broadcasters across the region? How can the needs of broadcasters, PPDR, PMSE and other key users of UHF spectrum be safeguarded whilst also meeting the need for low-band coverage spectrum for 5G?
  • What band plans and frequency arrangements are being seen in countries around the world who have taken the decision to allocate the 470-694 MHz band for IMT?
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Moderator: Richard Womersley
Managing Director, LS telcom
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Scott McKenzie
Director, Coleago Consulting
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Ulrich Rehfuess
Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia
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Jean Pierre Faisan
Chair, Communications Working Group, BNE
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Ibrahim Al-Hawas
Telecommunication Engineer, CITC Saudi Arabia
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Hasan Mohamed Hasan
Director of Wireless Licenses, Frequencies and Monitoring, TRA Bahrain
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Nada Abdelhafez
Head of Spectrum & Regulatory Affairs, MEA region, Shure (on behalf of APWPT)
09:00 - 09:50
Session 5: Delivering a flexible spectrum policy framework to encourage innovation

A key objective of all regulators and spectrum policymakers is to provide a regulatory framework that enables regulatory certainty for existing spectrum users to grow and innovate whilst also enabling the opportunity for new services to emerge. Strategies to deliver this must be flexible enough to react to changes and developments in the market and in technologies, but also provide the regulatory certainty to encourage investment. This session will look at how the goals can be delivered, and at the extent to which traditional spectrum regulatory and licencing regimes are sufficiently flexible to meet the requirements of an innovative and fast-moving sector. It will explore options for administrations looking to streamline models for spectrum licencing, access and general regulation, and how this can help contribute to innovation and growth within the mobile, satellite and other key sectors.

 

    • What new innovations and technologies are emerging within communication stakeholders in the satellite, mobile and other key sectors?
    • How are these technological developments and innovation driving demand for spectrum, and to what extent is there a need to revisit the approach to spectrum management across the region to ensure the regulatory and licencing frameworks can keep pace?
    • What can regulators across the region be doing to help deliver an environment that encourages both innovation and competition to thrive?
    • What examples of best practice in forward looking and flexible spectrum regimes are being seen both across the Arab region and elsewhere, and what impact has been seen in helping innovation to thrive? What lessons from these examples can be taken?
    • How can it be ensured that fees that are set for access to spectrum are kept at a realistic and affordable level, and more broadly, that an environment that encourages the required investment into new and existing services is delivered?

     

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Moderator: Richard Womersley
Managing Director, LS telcom
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Mohammad Al Janoobi
General Manager, Radio Spectrum planning, CITC, Saudi Arabia
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Claire Lyons
Head of European Spectrum Policy, Ofcom
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Jinane Karam
Senior Manager for Government Affairs, Qualcomm
09:50 - 11:00
Session 6: The path beyond 5G – delivering the spectrum to power the next generation of wireless connectivity

Whilst the rollout of 5G networks continues, attention around the world is already starting to switch to what comes next, and the path towards B5G and eventually 6G/IMT2030. As the journey towards this next phase of future wireless connectivity begins, this session will focus on what this evolution of the connectivity landscape will look like, and at what needs to be done to ensure that the power of wireless can continue to push our world forward. It will look at the expected evolution of services over the next decade, and the expectations and visions for next generation technologies.

 

  • What is the path beyond 5G going to look like, and what early work is already being done around the world to shape this?
  • What new use cases are going to emerge as we move towards next generation environments, and how may their connectivity requirements differ from those of 5G? What mix of low, mid and high frequency spectrum will be needed to meet these?
  • With demand for spectrum set to continually increase as we move beyond 5G, how can a ‘squeeze’ be avoided? Can this be alleviated by moving into the terahertz frequencies and other bands that have traditionally been considered as unusable?
  • What role can spectrum sharing and other methods of increasing spectrum efficiency play?
  • How can the needs of other users in key frequencies be balanced with the bandwidth that is required for IMT as we move beyond 5G?
  • What role can non-terrestrial technologies play in helping to deliver cost-effective and high-capacity connectivity in future wireless networks?
  • What scope is there for increased collaboration between mobile and satellite providers, and the emergence of hybrid terrestrial-satellite systems?
  • How can stakeholders in the MENA region work together to ensure that the leadership position that the region currently holds in 5G deployment carries over as we move to next-generation systems?
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Moderator: Ilham Ghazi
Head, Broadcasting Services Division, ITU
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Philip Marnick
General Director, TRA Bahrain
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Mohamad Ayoub
Spectrum Manager, TRA Lebanon
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Abdulhadi AbouAlmal
Director, Technology Standardization & Spectrum Management, Etisalat
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Sergio Bovelli
Head of Spectrum Management Aero-Connectivity, Airbus
11:00 - 11:20
Refreshment Break
11:20 - 12:30
Session 7: Connectivity from the sky – Finding the required connectivity for the next generation of non-terrestrial services

The shape of non-terrestrial connectivity is evolving. A rapidly increasing number of NGSO and SmallSat networks are being launched alongside more traditional GSO networks. Earth Stations in Motions (ESIMs) connectivity is making huge advancements driven by innovation both on the ground and in space. High Altitude Platform Systems (HAPS) and HAPS as IMT base stations (HIBS) are increasingly being considered as viable options to provide broadband connectivity in remote locations. This brings a range of new exciting opportunities, but also a number of regulatory challenges as policymakers look to ensure that the licencing rules and frameworks that govern access to spectrum for these key technologies keeps pace with the needs of this rapidly evolving and increasingly crowded sector. This session will explore the connectivity needs of the innovative new non-terrestrial technologies and business models that are emerging today. It will discuss the best way forward to ensure a future-proof and flexible licencing system to meet these needs and deliver the next generation of space based connectivity.

 

  • What licencing models and rules currently guide access to spectrum for non-terrestrial systems?
  • How is the connectivity landscape in the satellite bands (L-band, S-band, C-band, X-band, Ku-band and Ka-band) evolving, and what needs to be done to ensure that the available bandwidth is utilised in the most efficient way possible? 
  • To what extent are changes needed to balance the connectivity requirements of new NTN business models and technologies (NGSO satellites, HAPS/HIBS, ESIMs etc) with those of traditional GSO satellite systems?
  • Should NGSO satellites be allowed to operate within the same spectrum bands as GSO satellites, and to how can interference between the two in this scenario be mitigated?
  • What bands offer the best options to meet the connectivity requirements of ESIMs? Should the focus be around the use of the Ka-band to maximise bandwidth, or is a flexible approach more appropriate and future-proof?
  • What bands offer the best options to meet the connectivity requirements of HAPS and HIBS-based technologies? What potential do they have to deliver 4G/5G services to unconnected and rural communities?
  • What role can NTN technologies play in emerging 5G wireless ecosystems, and how can increasingly crowded satellite spectrum bands be best managed to maximise the needs of all these key stakeholders?
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Moderator: Mohammed Alabdulqader
General Manager, Radio Spectrum Services, CITC, Saudi Arabia
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Aarti Holla-Maini
Secretary General, GSOA
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Zeina Mokaddem
VP, Regulatory and Market Access Inmarsat
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Laith Hamad
VP, Government and Regulatory Engagement, OneWeb
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Mohaned Juwad
Director Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
12:30 - 12:40
Closing remarks
12:40 - 13:40
Lunch
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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.

Event Background

Launched in 2014, and now in its sixth year, The MENA Spectrum Management Conference has previously taken place in Dubai, Marrakech and Abu Dhabi.

Global Spectrum Series

This event takes places as part of the Global Spectrum Series – the world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences. 

2020 Edition

Taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE in February 2020, we were joined by more than 150 delegates. Find more information and catch up on the highlights at the links below.

Venue

ROYAL SWISS ASBU TUNIS

Av Med Fadhel Benachour
Place du barreau
Tunis 1006
Tunisa

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact James Curtin using any of the following details:

James Curtin, Senior Event Manager, Forum Global

spectrummena@forum-global.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 071