5th Mena Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

Organised by Forum Global, the 5th MENA Spectrum Management Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE on  12 – 13 February 2020. 

The conference will be taking place back-to-back with the 26th ASMG Meeting (9 – 11 February), the event will be hosted by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority, UAE and organised in partnership with The Arab Spectrum Management Group.

The Conference will provide a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

This event is free to attend for all delegates and registration is now open! 

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

Organisers & Partners

Event Host
The Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)
www.asmg.ae
The Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) was established in 1997 to cooperate in the field of Spectrum Management by sharing and exchanging views on the emerging radio communication aspects as well as to manage and coordinate all issues related to Spectrum Management, World Radiocommunications Conferences and other spectrum matters between Arab States.The ASMG proffers its 22 members the opportunity of:Harmonizing spectrum use between Arab countries Negotiating and developing common Arab proposals for the agenda items of World Radio Conference (WRC) held every four years at the ITU. Assessing the progress of the studies pertaining to the agenda items of World Radio Conferences Coordinating among member states on all issues related to the Spectrum Management.
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 Host
TRA
www.tra.gov.ae
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been established according to the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 – Telecom Law. TRA is responsible for the management of every aspect of the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE. Despite its relatively short life-span, TRA has exceeded expectations by achieving its projected goals in record time.TRA derives the objectives from the Telecom Law, its executive order and the national telecom policy. These goals ensure secure communications services throughout the State, and delivery of improved services, including the quality and diversity, and ensure the quality of services in conformity with the terms of the license by the licensor, and the promotion of telecommunications services and information technology in the state, and the promotion of the telecommunications sector and development of the country through training and development and the establishment of training institutions relevant to the sector, as well as to find solutions to disputes that may arise between the licensed operators, and establish and implement a framework for policies and regulations, and the promotion of modern technology, and contribute to the development of human resources in the state, and to promote research and development, including guarantees of the United Arab Emirates a regional role of an advanced leadership in the field of telecommunications and information technology.
Supported by
ITU
www.itu.int
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.
Diamond Host
Ericsson
www.ericsson.com
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future. Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front. Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
Diamond Host
Huawei
www.huawei.com
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.
Diamond Host
Qualcomm
https://www.qualcomm.com/
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
Platinum Sponsor
Coleago Consulting
www.coleago.co.uk
Coleago profile for conference website Founded in 2001, Coleago is a specialist telecoms management consulting firm. Our expertise has been developed exclusively within the telecoms sector and delivers a rare combination of telecoms-related commercial and technical skills and experience. Since 2001 we have worked on over 110 spectrum related projects in developed and emerging markets. Since 2017 our spectrum projects included the transition to 5G, including valuating spectrum most relevant for 5G such as 600MHz, 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and mm wave. We advise regulators on spectrum policy, spectrum roadmap, spectrum pricing, spectrum auctions and capacity building on the topic best practice in spectrum auctions. For mobile operators Coleago delivers regulatory advocacy and responses to consultation, spectrum valuation, bid strategy development and live auction support. Coleago also authored complete bid books for spectrum licence awards by means of a beauty contest. For further information, please visit www.coleago.com
Platinum Sponsor
ESOA
www.esoa.net
ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.
Platinum Sponsor
OneWeb
www.oneweb.world
OneWeb is building a global constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will provide low latency, high speed broadband to even the most remote locations on Earth. Our satellites will deliver high-speed Internet to small user terminals that can be used for residential or business purposes. Terminals can be mounted on schools or buildings or on cell towers for backhaul; they can also provide full mobile connectivity for maritime, aero, or connected cars. OneWeb's mission is to connect all the unconnected schools of the world, and to fully bridge the digital divide by 2027, bringing affordable access to more than 4 billion unconnected people around the world. OneWeb already has over USD1billion from investors such as Grupo Salinas, SoftBank, Hughes, Coca Cola, Intelsat and Virgin. We expect to launch our first satellites in the near future; to begin customer trials in 2019; and to have full global coverage by 2023.
Platinum Sponsor
Viasat
https://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 has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate.Today, we’re a global team of fearless innovators finding better ways to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea.
Event Partner
GSA
www.gsacom.com
GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) is a not-for-profit industry organisation representing companies across the worldwide mobile ecosystem engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. GSA actively promotes the 3GPP technology road-map – 3G; 4G; 5G, – and is a single source of information resource for industry reports and market intelligence. GSA Members drive the GSA agenda and define the communications and development strategy for the Association. The GSA Spectrum Group develops strategies and plans, and contributes studies and technical analysis to international, regional and individual country policy-makers and regulators to facilitate the timely availability of spectrum for use by mobile network operators.
Event Partner
GSC
https://gscoalition.org/
The Global Satellite Coalition (GSC) brings together the world's satellite associations to drive industry priorities with one voice, unlocking opportunities for industry growth and ensuring the future for millions of stakeholders who depend on satellite-based solutions. The GSC’s ultimate objective is to secure an ecosystem that allows every world citizen to be connected. The GSC’s priority is to advocate the role of satellite in achieving complete connectivity from contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Broadband Commission’s connectivity objectives to realizing the Network of Networks required for 5G. In addition, it will work on ensuring satellite services are an essential element of national broadband strategies, universal service programs and disaster preparedness efforts.
Event Partner
GSMA
www.gsma.com
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Gold Sponsor
Analysys Mason
www.analysysmason.com
Analysys Mason is a global specialist in telecoms, media and technology (TMT). Since its formation, Analysys Mason has been instrumental in shaping spectrum policy around the world through our wide-ranging studies helping regulators and operators to develop spectrum strategy, efficiently manage spectrum, formulate spectrum licence conditions, value spectrum and prepare for spectrum awards.With offices in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas, the Middle East and Africa we are respected worldwide for our exceptional quality of work, independence and flexibility in responding to client needs. For over 25 years we have been helping clients in more than 100 countries to maximise their opportunities.
Gold Sponsor
Eutelsat
www.eutelsat.com
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,700 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL). For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com
Gold Sponsor
Inmarsat
https://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.
Gold Sponsor
LS telecom
www.lstelcom.com
LS telcom specialises in software and hardware solutions as well as consulting services for spectrum management, radio monitoring and radio network planning for every type of wireless technology. Our comprehensive portfolio includes market and technology developments regarding future spectrum management challenges and solutions.We are at the forefront of Spectrum Auctioning, E-Licensing, GSM Refarming, Cognitive Radio and Digital Dividend worldwide.Our customer portfolio includes most of the spectrum regulators worldwide, major network operators and commercial customers in more than 90 countries.
Silver Sponsor
BNE
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.
Silver Sponsor
Martes Specure
www.specure.com
SPECURE is an international spectrum auction consulting company and the developer of a trendsetting electronic auction platform. SPECURE services cover the whole lifecycle of a spectrum auction: from the auction design, through pre-auction services, trainings and auction execution to evaluation of the auction results. Since 2008, SPECURE has participated in numerous spectrum auctions in Europe either as a software vendor or as a specialized consultancy. For further information please visit www.specure.com
Knowledge Partner
Aetha
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
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.
Event Exhibitor
Spectrum Center
www.public.spectrum.center/public/
Spectrum Centrer architects, develops, and commercializes software for the design, analysis, regulation, modeling, planning, and measurement of radio networks operating between the frequencies of 10 kHz and 450 GHz.Spectrum Center has developed a range of software systems and ancillary services that cover business areas ranging from the production of cartographic information in two or three dimensions to the complete management of radio communication networks. Spectrum Center focus on leveraging modern web technologies, using best practices for software implementation and delivery, and methodology gained from over 100 years of cumulative experience in the spectrum management industry.Spectrum Center provides consultancy services to satisfy all technical needs and constraints. Spectrum Center uses its extensive know-how and expertise by offering customized solutions to end users.We differentiate our product and service offering by equipping our customers with the know-how and expertise needed to solve complex problems, in addition to providing measurable improvements in business productivity for national spectrum authorities and other commercial enterprise customers.Today, Spectrum Center is a market-leader in turnkey solutions in planning radio networks and management of frequencies.

Speakers include:

Mario Maniewicz

Mario
Maniewicz

Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

240 x 240

H.E Majed
Al Mesmar

Deputy Director General / Telecom Sector, TRA UAE

Tariq Al Awadhi

Tariq Al
Awadhi

Chairman, Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)

Dr. Amr Badawi

Dr. Amr
Badawi

Chairman, WRC-19 & Former Chairman, NTRA, Egypt

fatima

Fatima
Karim-Peters

Senior Manager Spectrum Regulation Policy, Huawei

Mohammed Al Janoobi

Mohammad
AlJanoobi

Director for Frequency International Coordination, CITC, Saudi Arabia

ross bateson

Ross
Bateson

Special Adviser, Government Affairs, GSMA

philip marnick

Philip
Marnick

Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom

Branimir Stantchev

Branimir
Stantchev

Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission

Johann Adjovi

Johann
Adjovi

Principal, Analysys Mason

Dr El-Moghazi

Mohamed
Moghazi

Director of Spectrum Research and Studies Department, NTRA

Nese Guendelsberger

Neşe Guendelsberger

Deputy Bureau Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Agenda

Day 1
2020-02-12
Day 2
2020-02-13
08:30 - 09:00
Morning Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 10:05
Session 1: Conference opening and keynote presentations
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Moderator: Johann Adjovi
Principal, Analysys Mason
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H.E Majed Al Mesmar
Deputy Director General, TRA UAE
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Tariq Al Awadhi
Chairman, ASMG
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Dr Amr Badawi
WRC-19 Chairman & former NTRA Egypt Chairman
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
10:05 - 11:05
Session 2: The evolving shape of global spectrum policy thinking

The emergence of 5G, IoT and future connected technologies means that all over the world, the digital landscape is evolving quicker than we have ever seen before. Underpinning all this exciting development however is spectrum – the fuel for connectivity. The challenge for spectrum managers is to ensure that a strategy is in place to keep up with this fast evolving environment, and to ensure that the required spectrum is made available in a timely fashion, and that it is allocated and utilised in the most efficient way possible. This session will set the scene by looking at how spectrum and regulatory frameworks both in the MENA region and around the world are developing in preparation for the networked societies of today and tomorrow.

 

  • How are regulators around the world preparing for 5G and the future networked society, and how are regulatory frameworks evolving?
  • To what extent may the decisions at WRC-19 affect regional spectrum strategies going forward?
  • What work is being done to co-ordinate spectrum policy on a global level both as part of ITU process and also outside this?
  • How do strategies and new emerging telecoms regulatory framework in the MENA compare to those that are seen elsewhere in the world?
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Moderator: Johann Adjovi
Principal, Analysys Mason
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Mohammed Alotaibi
General Manager of Frequency Spectrum, CITC, Saudi Arabia
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Branimir Stantchev
Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission
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Nese Guendelsberger
Deputy Chief, International Bureau, FCC
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Richard Magkotlho
Radiocommunications Specialists, ICASA
11:05 - 11:25
Morning Coffee
11:25 - 12:45
Session 3: Bringing the required spectrum to market – best practice in pricing, licencing and delivering spectrum ‘value’

One of the biggest ongoing challenges for regulators in the MENA region and elsewhere in the world is to design a process for assigning spectrum licences that ensures an efficient allocation of the available bandwidth at a fair price; and ultimately delivers a competitive market and encourages innovation. This session will look at the approaches taken by regulators in the MENA region to awards spectrum, and to set prices and licence conditions. It will look at examples of best practice in all these areas, and discuss the best way forward for regulators to ensure that the available spectrum is brought to market as quickly, efficiently and as fairly as possible.

 

  • What awards have been seen in the MENA region over the past 12 months, and which countries will be allocating bands in the near future?
  • What methods have been seen and how has this impacted outcomes?
  • What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of auctions, beauty contests and direct awards, and under what circumstances should each be considered the best option?
  • In which circumstances may each of these be appropriate and how important is it that regulators consider national differences and the specific situation in their own country when both setting a method for allocation and designing the award process?
  • For regulators who are expected to realize reasonable revenues, what is the appropriate approach for setting reserve prices?
  • What role do licence conditions and award rules play in determining spectrum prices?
  • What role do spectrum prices play in influencing the level of investment and incentives to compete in next generation mobile services?
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Moderator: Andrew Wright
Managing Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Stefan Zehle, CEO
Coleago Consulting
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Mohammad Al Janoobi
Radio Communication Engineer, Spectrum Management Department, CITC, Saudi Arabia
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Mohamed Abbes
Head of Public Policy MENA Region, GSMA
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Andrew Arowojolu
Chief Regulatory Office, Zain Group
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Mohamed Moghazi
Director of Spectrum Research and Studies Department, NTRA
12:45 - 13:55
Lunch
13:55 - 14:05
Presentation: Setting the scene: Meeting spectrum requirements for 5G
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Ali Cheema
Lead Coordinator, MEA, GSA
14:05 - 14:25
Thinking Point: 5G in C-band: There’s no such thing as simple
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Richard Womersley
Director of Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom
14:25 - 15:40
Session 4: Meeting future connectivity requirements in the low and mid range frequencies

Low and mid-bands have always formed the back-bone of spectrum portfolios for mobile operators and other connectivity providers. And today, whilst the emergence of new bands in the mmWave frequencies can help to deliver some of the high capacity coverage required for 5G, access to sufficient spectrum in these ‘traditional’ bands is still as important as ever in order to deliver widespread coverage and support all use cases. This session will look at some of the key bands and emerging bandplans in both the low and mid ranges. It will look at the future shape of bands, and how the emergence of 5G may affect the ways in which they are allocated and awarded, and crucially explore the at the best approaches to ensure that the needs of all users can be met.

 

  • What is the optimal mix of low and mid range spectrum that operators need to deploy traditional base stations?
  • Where are we across the region with the allocation of the digital dividend spectrum? For those countries in which the process is still ongoing, should the 700MHz and 800MHz bands be considered together or is a better approach to take them separately?
  • Is there need for additional low and mid-range spectrum to be made available for mobile broadband beyond the existing bands, or can these provide sufficient bandwidth?
  • Which bands in the range offer realistic options to help meet these requirements in countries across the Arab region?
  • To what extent can bands such as the 3.4Ghz – 3.8Ghz ‘C-Band’, 2.3GHz and 2.6Ghz bands provide an option?
  • As we enter the era of 5G, is there any benefit in moving from a paired to an unpaired band plan in any bands (for example 2.6GHz), and what would be the practical and technical considerations associated with this change in approach?
  • What measures are required to protect and preserve satellite, PPDR and other key users in low and mid-range bands, and how can it be ensured that the needs of all users are balanced?
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Moderator: Andrew Wright
Managing Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Fatima Karim-Peters
Senior Manager Spectrum Regulation Policy, Huawei
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Mohamed Moghazi
Director of Spectrum Research and Studies Department, NTRA
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Sultan Albalooshi
Manager, Spectrum Policy, TRA UAE
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Mohaned Juwad
Global Spectrum & Policy Regulator, ESOA
15:40 - 16:00
Afternoon Coffee
16:00 - 17:30
Session 5: Maximising the potential of high frequency spectrum – Mapping the shape of the future mmWave ecosystem

The mmWave frequencies are seen as providing some of the most important spectrum for 5G, and particularly for delivering the high capacity coverage that is required in urban areas. This session will look in more detail at the critical importance of mmWave spectrum for 5G in both the short term and the long term, and at the options that regulators have to provide the spectrum that is required. It will look at what needs to be done to balance the needs of both existing and new users in these frequencies, and assess the optimal timing of award for different bands to help deliver the full benefits of 5G.

 

  • Why is mmWave spectrum so important for 5G, and what impact can it have if harnesses correctly?
  • What impact will the outcomes of WRC-19 and decisions made on candidate bands for WRC-23 have on the future mmWave landscape in MENA and around the world?
  • What are likely to be the most important mmWave bands for 5G in the short term and in the long term?
  • Which bands should be prioritised for release across the region – 26GHz, 39GHz, 66GHz or others?
  • What is the best timing for release and how can it be ensured that sufficient spectrum is made available in a timely manner and efficiently as possible?
  • How can the needs of mobile and satellite services in the mmWave bands best be met, and to what extent is co-existence a viable option?
  • Where are we in terms of the adoption and installation of the massive MIMO technologies that will be crucial for commercial roll-out of 5G in the mmWave frequencies, and how is this likely to affect the requirements for mmWave spectrum in the short term?
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Moderator: Ilham Ghazi
Head Broadcasting Services Division, ITU BR
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Abdulhadi AbouAlmal
Head of Section / Technology Standardization and Spectrum Management, Etisalat
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Zeina Mokaddem
VP, Regulatory and Market Access, Inmarsat
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Ali Cheema
Lead Coordinator, MEA, GSA
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Nese Guendelsberger
Deputy Chief, International Bureau, FCC
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Ethan Lavan
Director of Orbital Resources, Eutelsat
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Aya Abouzaid Jalaleldeen Abouzaid
Head of Spectrum Assignment Section, Telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority, Sudan
08:30 - 09:00
Morning Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 12:40
Session 6: IoT – Going beyond the buzzword

IoT as a concept is something that now is not new. The potential that IoT and M2M connectivity offer in enabling smart and sustainable urban environments, and revolutionizing the way in which businesses and consumers function everywhere has been discussed extensively. But this potential will only be realised if sufficient spectrum is available to power the huge number of use cases that are emerging. Focussing on the opportunities that IoT offers business and industries (through industrial IoT) and consumers (through the emergence of smart cities), this session will look at what needs to be done to deliver this connectivity, and unpack the opportunities behind the buzzword.

09:20 - 10:35
Session 6i: Meeting the future connectivity requirements of vertical industries

From smart manufacturing to connected cars; utilities and smart grids to ports and shipping containers, vertical industries everywhere are starting to realise the potential of IoT and the new connected digital society. The challenge for regulators is to develop a spectrum regime that meets the (sometimes complex) requirements of all these cases, and of all existing and new users. This session will look at the extent to which current 4G licencing models will still be valid in a 5G world, or whether different approaches to licencing and assignment may be necessary. Exploring the requirements that are likely to be seen and some of the models that are being put forward to meet these, it will examine the different technologies and solutions that are being put forward to provide the connectivity to ensure that vertical industries across the MENA region are truly able to harness the power of IoT.

 

  • What new and emerging use cases are going to be enabled by 5G and IoT, and what spectrum requirements are likely to be seen?
  • What frequencies and solutions provide the best options to power the next generation of IoT connectivity across different vertical industries and ensure that the MENA region continues to lead the way in this key area?
  • What mix of licenced, unlicensed and shared spectrum will be required?
  • Can a similar licensing model as has been used for 4G still be relevant in the emerging 5G world, or is there a need for a rethink?
  • Can traditional mobile operators provide all the connectivity requirements for 5G and IoT or is there an argument to allow industry stakeholders to build/own/operate their own locally self-controlled wireless networks?
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Moderator: Faisal Hamady
Strategy Consulting Principal, Boston Consulting Group
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Philip Marnick
Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom
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Elizabeth Migwalla
Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Qualcomm, MEA
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Abdulhadi AbouAlmal
Head of Section / Technology Standardization and Spectrum Management, Etisalat
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Saad Bin Askar
Senior Communication Engineer, CITC
10:35 - 11:00
Morning Coffee
11:00 - 11:20
Case Study: Smart cities in Saudi Arabia
11:00 - 12:40
Session 6ii: Connecting the smart cities of the future – delivering the required densification and indoor connectivity

IoT is the key technology behind any smart city initiative. From improving pollution levels to delivering smarter traffic systems or more efficient ways to light and hear buildings – all of these require thousands of physical devices to be connected to the IoT network, and a system that provides extremely high capacity and per-user data rates. Achieving the required densification of networks that is necessary to deliver this is a key challenge for regulators and technology providers alike. And with approximately 70% of 5G use cases expected to occur indoors, connectivity providers & tower companies also need to ensure that a network is in place that delivers these capabilities in an indoor environment. Focussing on these challenges and more, this session will look at best-practice in delivering the urban 5G and IoT eco-system.

 

  • What are the major design challenges that are faced when building a 5G network in urban areas and how can these be overcome?
  • What will be the best way to deliver the densification of networks that will be necessary to provide the required network connectivity in urban areas and inside large buildings?
  • How important will Small Cells be in providing this densification and what other technologies and bandwidths will also play a part?
  • With an estimated 70% of all mobile usage happening indoors, how can it be ensured that the required connectivity is delivered inside building as well as on the streets in urban areas?
  • What network architecture can be used to meet the requirements and what challenges will the transition to this likely raise and how can it be ensured that the 5G indoor user experience is consistent with that received outdoors?
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Moderator: Khalid Al Awadhi
Manager Space and Broadcasting Services, TRA UAE
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Laith Hamad
Director Market Access, OneWeb
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Muhammad Atif Jamil
Director Solutions – Smart Cities, 5G & Data Analytics, Middle East Region, Huawei Technologies UAE
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Branimir Stantchev
Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission
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Mohammad Al Janoobi
Radio Communication Engineer, Spectrum Management Department, CITC, Saudi Arabia
11:20 - 11:30
Case Study: Lessons Learned from du’s early 5G Launch
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Rami Diya
Senior Manager Technology Use Cases Strategy & Architecture, Du Mobile
12:40 - 13:40
Lunch
13:40 - 15:15
Session 7: Where next? Next steps and key priorities following WRC

WRC-19 took place in Egypt at the end of 2019, with a number of key decisions taken with the aim of delivering a global harmonised plan for the delivery of the required spectrum for fixed, mobile, satellite and broadcasting industries. And then immediately following the conclusion of the conference, the first preparation meeting for WRC-23 was held, which identified the key candidate bands to be considered in 2023 for the next wave of 5G frequencies. Sessions at this conference have already touched on some of the outcomes and key talking points from Sharm-el-Sheik. This highly interactive session will now bring things together by offering an opportunity to look at what these outcomes mean for key stakeholders, and for the overall connectivity landscape. It will hear from representatives from different industry stakeholder groups on what they now see as their main priorities, opportunities and challenges; and look ahead at the next steps and timetable ahead as the build up to WRC-23 already begins.

 

  • Following the outcomes of WRC-19, what are now the key priorities, opportunities and challenges for different stakeholder groups?
  • What impact are the decisions that have been taken likely to have on the future shape of 5G connectivity in the low, mid and high frequency bands?
  • As we already start the preparation for WRC-23, what are set to be the most important (and most contentious) issues for MENA stakeholders over the next few years?
  • Will we still be talking about ‘spectrum for 5G’ when we reach 2023, or will the focus have switched to B5G or 6G?
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Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, BR, ITU
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Ross Bateson
Special Adviser, Government Affairs, GSMA
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Jean-Pierre Faisan
Head of Communications Working Group, Broadcast Networks Europe
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Steven Doiron
Global Spectrum & Policy Regulator, ESOA
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Shiv K. Bakhshi
Vice President, Industry Relations, Ericsson
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Amy R. Mehlam
Vice President, US Government Affairs and Policy, Viasat
15:15 - 15:30
Final Conclusions
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
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Tariq Al Awadhi
Chairman, ASMG
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Event Background

Launched in 2014, and now in its fifth year, The MENA Spectrum Management Conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion within the region. 

Event partners ASMG and Forum Global work with national Governments and regulators and industry stakeholders from mobile, satellite, broadcast, public safety, high altitude platforms and more to create a platform for debate that adds real value to the spectrum discussions taking place in the region.  

Previous Event

Taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, in April of 2018, The 4th MENA Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 150 delegates from across the region and beyond for high-level discussions on preparation for WRC-19, 5G, Spectrum auctions awards and pricing, the rollout of the 700MHz band and much, much more. 

You can view more details of the 2018 edition of this event here

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Venue

Four Seasons Hotel

Abu Dhabi Global Market St – Second, Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi

UAE

Four Seasons Hotel

Abu Dhabi Global Market St – Second, Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi

UAE

 

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Contact

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

James Curtin
Event Manager
Forum Europe

spectrummena@forum-global.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 020

Accommodation 

Details of nearby hotels and reduced rates can be found here