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 Series. The world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
Deputy Director General / Telecom Sector, TRA UAE
Chairman, Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)
Chairman, WRC-19 & Former Chairman, NTRA, Egypt
Senior Manager Spectrum Regulation Policy, Huawei
Director for Frequency International Coordination, CITC, Saudi Arabia
Special Adviser, Government Affairs, GSMA
Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom
Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission
Principal, Analysys Mason
Director of Spectrum Research and Studies Department, NTRA
Deputy Bureau Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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