8th Asia Pacific Spectrum Management Conference

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Sessions Replay

Catch up on the sessions from the event, as well as the showcases from some of our event partners…

Event Photos

Event Overview

The 8th Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference took place as a hybrid event from 26 – 27 April 2022, in Bangkok and Online. 

Across 2 days attendees had the opportunity to be involved in discussions on the key spectrum topics for the APAC region and beyond, through interactive sessions, in-person and virtual networking opportunities, an online exhibition area and much more.

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

WRC-23
Preparation

Balancing spectrum priorities

Key theme 1

Mid-Band - C-band, 6GHz & more

Future use of UHF Bands

Emerging mmWave Ecosystems

The Path to
6G

Useful Information

  • Venue

  • Venue

    Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit
    2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana
    Bangkok 10110 Thailand

    Nearest BTS: Thong Lo

    Room Rates

    We have reduced rates at the venue for both the Test & Go Packages and standard room rates.

    Alternatively, you can make your booking using this Excel form which can be completed and returned to the hotel.

    For enquires please contact:
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

  • Fellowship

  • Forum Global are pleased to be running a fellowship scheme for this event, aiming to support travel & accommodation costs for administrations within the APAC Region looking to attend the event in-person, subject to the availability of funds.

    If you would be interested in applying for this support to attend the conference – please click the below button to download the application form and return it completed by 31 March 2022 to .

  • Thailand Entry Requirements

  • For up to date information on entry into Thailand, for measures effective from 1 April 2022, please review this infographic.

    More information and FAQs can be found at: https://consular.mfa.go.th/th/content/thailand-pass-faqs-2 and the Thailand Pass application can be made here: https://tp.consular.go.th/.

    Please note we will ensure to keep updated with the very latest information, but we do ask all attending delegates to check your local and Thai Government websites for the most up to date requirements.

Venue

Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit
2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Wattana
Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Nearest BTS: Thong Lo

Room Rates

We have reduced rates at the venue for both the Test & Go Packages and standard room rates.

Alternatively, you can make your booking using this Excel form which can be completed and returned to the hotel.

For enquires please contact:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Forum Global are pleased to be running a fellowship scheme for this event, aiming to support travel & accommodation costs for administrations within the APAC Region looking to attend the event in-person, subject to the availability of funds.

If you would be interested in applying for this support to attend the conference – please click the below button to download the application form and return it completed by 31 March 2022 to .

For up to date information on entry into Thailand, for measures effective from 1 April 2022, please review this infographic.

More information and FAQs can be found at: https://consular.mfa.go.th/th/content/thailand-pass-faqs-2 and the Thailand Pass application can be made here: https://tp.consular.go.th/.

Please note we will ensure to keep updated with the very latest information, but we do ask all attending delegates to check your local and Thai Government websites for the most up to date requirements.

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 will be limited.

There will be a significant in-person component to this event with demand likely to be high. If you are interested in participating in the conference in person we recommend that you express interest for a place as soon as possible. For those not attending on site, sessions will be live streamed to our events platform.

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.

Organisers & Partners

Platinum Partners

Forum Global
Event Organiser
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.
Ericsson
Event Partner
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.
Event Partner
Huawei
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.
Nokia
Event Partner
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.
Coleago Consulting
Event Partner
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
GSA
Event Partner
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
Event Partner
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.
Event Partner
GSOA
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.
Event Partner
Intelsat
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.
Event Partner
Meta
https://about.facebook.com/meta/
The metaverse is the next evolution of social connection. Our company’s vision is to help bring the metaverse to life, so we are changing our name to reflect our commitment to this future.
Event Partner
OneWeb
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.
Event Partner
Qualcomm
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.
Event Partner
SES
www.ses.com
SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) television reach in Europe, O3b Networks, a global managed data communications service provider, and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Further information available at: www.ses.com
Event Partner
Viasat
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 innovations have helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments, and militaries around the world communicate — even in the hardest-to-reach places.

Gold Partners

LS telcom
Gold Partner
www.lstelcom.com
In a world where smart technologies determine our everyday life more and more, it is increasingly important to ensure global connectivity through wireless communication. This is where we, LS telcom AG, come into play: We deliver technologies and services to national and international regulatory authorities, network operators and vertical markets. 5G and IoT thereby form a main focus, but Defense and Public safety play an important role, too. LS telcom is the global leader in spectrum efficiency. In line with the diversification and commercialization of radio technologies there has been a constant increase in demand for frequency spectrum and its commercial value. Our Smart Spectrum Solutions hereby offer not only a high quality but also numerous designing, planning, management and monitoring options. Spectrum users in over 100 countries rely on our experts and products for efficient spectrum use. With around 235 employees in 15 subsidiaries worldwide we provide not only excellent products and services, but also a high number of diverse (online) trainings.
Sennheiser
Gold Partner
www.sennheiser.com
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs.
Welchman Keen
Gold Partner
www.welchmankeen.com
As a nimble team of experts with a vast network of global partners, Welchman Keen is proudly at the forefront of global development and ready to provide the guidance, solutions and connections you need, every step of the way.

Knowledge Partners

Aetha Consulting
NERA Economic Consulting

Knowledge Partners

Aetha Consulting
NERA Economic Consulting

Supported by

APT
ITU

Speakers included

Masanori Kondo

Masanori Kondo

Secretary General
APT

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Director, BR
ITU

KJ Wee

Kyu-Jin Wee

Chairman, APG-23
APT

Atsuko Okuda

Atsuko Okuda

Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific
ITU

Chenda Thong

Chenda Thong

Chairman
Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)

Dr Ismail

Dr. Ir. Ismail MT

Director General of Resources Management and Equipment of Posts and Informatics
Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia

James Cameron

James Cameron

Authority Member
Australian Communications and Media Authority

Saneh Saiwong

Saneh Saiwong

Principal Engineering Expert
NBTC, Thailand

Ms. Theetanun

Theetanun Rattanasan-yanuphap

Director of Telecommunications Business Licensing Bureau
NBTC, Thailand

Bui Ha Long

Bui Ha Long

Deputy Director of Policy and Frequency planning Division, the Authority of Radio Frequency Management of Viet Nam
MIC Vietnam

Revathi Mannepalli

Revathi Mannepalli

Senior Deputy Wireless Adviser, Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing
Ministry of Communications, India

Cristina Data

Cristina Data

Director Spectrum Policy and Analysis
Ofcom UK

Magnus Ewerbring

Magnus Ewerbring

CTO, APAC
Ericsson

Roger Tong

Roger Tong

Vice-Chair of the Board
GSOA &
CEO
AsiaSat

Du Yeqing

Yeqing Du

VP of 5G Product Line
Huawei

Peng Zhao

Peng Zhao

Vice-President, Government Affairs and Policy
OneWeb

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

Chairman and CEO
Coleago Consulting

Guillaume Mascot

Guillaume Mascot

Head of Government Relations APJ & India
Nokia

Agenda

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Day 1
2022-04-26
Day 2
2022-04-27
09:15 - 09:45
Session 1: Opening Ceremony
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Masanori Kondo
Secretary General, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
09:45 - 10:55
Session 2: Balancing priorities – Delivering a spectrum strategy to meet the varied connectivity requirements of the APAC region

Countries across the Asia Pacific region are at hugely varied stages in their connectivity journey. More developed nations across the region have led the way globally in 5G deployment, and are starting to again take the lead in the early stages of 6G development; whilst more developing nations are still focussed on rolling out 4G or even 3G services and on connecting often large areas that still remain unconnected. This dichotomy often leads to very different connectivity priorities across neighbouring countries, and complex challenges for spectrum managers looking to deliver a coherent spectrum policy that encompasses the needs of all. This session will look at the best way to balance these priorities, and at the work that is being done to develop a spectrum strategy that meets the needs of all countries across this diverse region.
 

  • Where is the balance between developing a co-ordinated regional approach for spectrum policy and also providing flexibility and allowing countries to develop their own framework that takes account of their specific national needs and recognising the differences that exist between countries?
  • How can it be ensured that the benefits of 5G and 6G are felt by all citizens across the region, not just those in developed countries and regions?
  • What role can those countries that are more advanced in their digital journey play in assisting other countries in the development of their own digital roadmaps?
  • How can regulators balance the continual need to find additional spectrum for 5G (and soon 6G) with the need to protect satellite services which offer vital services across many developing regions and island areas?
  • To what extent is there an opportunity for mobile and satellite to work closer together to find a mutually beneficial solution?
  • Could the emergence of hybrid terrestrial/satellite networks help to deliver connectivity in rural areas whilst also providing the high-speed, high-capacity connectivity that is required in urban areas?
  • The Asia-Pacific region is vulnerable to natural disasters, are the requirements for spectrum enough for resilient connectivity or does more need to be done?
  • What planning is being done across the region on a national level to prepare for the next stage of wireless rollout, and what roadmaps are emerging?

 

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Moderator: Rior Santos
Senior UN Coordination Specialist, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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Saneh Saiwong
Principal Engineering Expert, NBTC, Thailand
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Zhang Hong
Deputy director in the Frequency Planning Department of Radio Regulation Bureau, MIIT
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Dr. Ir. Ismail MT
Director General of Resources Management and Equipment of Posts and Informatics, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia
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Guillaume Mascot
Head of Government Relations APJ & India, Nokia
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Peng Zhao
Vice-President, Government Affairs and Policy, OneWeb
10:55 - 11:15
Break
11:15 - 12:40
Session 3: WRC-23 – are we on track with preparations?

Like almost all aspects of society, preparation for WRC-23 has been significantly affected by the global pandemic. Meetings and discussions have been taking place online rather than in person, which has created a number of additional challenges for everyone involved. Despite this, progress on key issues and on preparatory studies has been continuing. Whilst many of the key agenda items in this cycle are predominantly focussed on regions 1 and 2, issues such as the 3.3 – 3.8GHz and 6GHz bands are still of huge importance to stakeholders in the APAC region. This session will look at where we currently are with regards to the preparatory work that is being done in these areas and more. With the hope that we will be able to return to in-person meetings in the first half of 2022, it will look at the challenges that still lie ahead, and the work that needs to be done to ensure a successful outcome for WRC-23 for the Asia-Pacific region and more broadly.
 

  • What impact has the pandemic had on preparation for WRC-23, and what progress has been made on the key agenda items in APAC and in other regions?
  • Are we on track with regards to the preparatory studies that have been taking place and the drafting of text for the CPM?
  • Are we seeing consensuses starting to emerge across any of the key agenda items, and which issues are expected to be the most challenging in finding agreement?
  • To what extent have some of the new measures brought in by ITU (such as correspondence groups) to counter the lack of in-person meetings helped to facilitate more informal discussions amongst stakeholders?
  • What are the key challenges ahead, and how can these be addressed now that meetings are starting to move back to an in-person format?
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Moderator: Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU
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Kyu-Jin Wee
Chairman, APG-23, APT
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Bashir Patel
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA
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Joe Guan
Head of Policy, Greater China, GSMA
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Elena Puigrefagut
Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, EBU 

12:40 - 13:40
Lunch
13:40 - 14:50
Session 4: Striking a balance – The continued evolution of the C-band ecosystem

The 3.5GHz range (C-band) is seen as a hugely important frequency by a number of key users. Around the world, spectrum within the lower portion of the band has been the basis for the majority of commercial 5G networks that have been launched to date. At the same time, it is intensively used for satellite services, with its high resistance to rain fade making it crucial for some of the tropical areas in APAC. In addition to this, spectrum in the 3.8 – 4.2 GHz upper portion of the band is now increasingly being seen as an option to provide localised, private 5G networks for vertical users. This session will look at the continued work that is being done across APAC to release bandwidth for 5G in the band, whilst also putting measures in place to safeguard satellite services in the band and protect them from interference. It will examine the extent to which innovative new technologies and licencing models may be able to help increase the efficiency of these highly sought-after frequencies, and ultimately look at the best way forward in balancing the needs of all the key users in the band.
 

  • What is the current status across the region with regards to the assignment spectrum across the 3.5GHz range for 5G?
  • Given that the frequencies in the 3.5GHz range might be the lifeline for communication in case of emergencies in several regions of Asia and the Pacific, how can it be ensured that any co-existence between mobile and satellite bands protects these key services against interference, and what size guard band is necessary?
  • To what extent is trouble free co-existence between mobile and satellite in the 3.5GHz range possible, and what size guard band is currently necessary to ensure protection against interference?
  • What approaches are being seen across Asia and the rest of the world to deliver this co-existence and release part of the band for mobile use? How are technologies and regulatory thinking developing and to what extent could this help to increase the efficiency within the band in the short term or the long term future?
  • How are industry and regulators working together on innovative solutions that could help to increase the efficiency of spectrum usage in the band?
  • How can neighbouring countries work together to ensure that appropriate cross-border agreements are in place to protect border regions when different timings for the reallocation of spectrum are seen?
  • What different approaches and access models are emerging for vertical users in the 3.8GHz – 4.2Ghz portion of the band, and what might this mean for stakeholders and users of the band across the APAC region?
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Moderator: Forhadul Parvez
Programme Officer, APT
Setting the Scene
Setting the Scene image
Yi Shen Chan
Director, Spectrum APAC, GSMA
Setting the Scene image
Roger Tong
Vice-Chair of the Board, GSOA & CEO, AsiaSat
Panel discussion
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James Cameron
Authority Member, Australian Communications and Media Authority
Panel discussion image
Mohaned Juwad
Director, Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
Panel discussion image
Yi Shen Chan
Director, Spectrum APAC, GSMA
Panel discussion image
Roger Tong
Vice-Chair of the Board, GSOA & CEO, AsiaSat
14:50 - 16:00
Session 5: Mapping the potential evolution of the 6GHz band in the APAC region

The debate surrounding the future of the 6GHz band continues – it has become one of the most hotly contested frequency ranges both in Asia and elsewhere around the world. With spectrum demand on the rise, and competition for bandwidth intensifying, the IMT community has identified 6GHz as the ideal substitute in areas that it is challenging to clear the 3.5 GHz band because of its good propagation properties and its potential to provide a large contiguous bandwidth of 1200 MHz. On the other hand, 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 addressing the digital divide, improving rural connectivity and accelerate economic innovation. With countries across the APAC region and globally starting to make decisions on the future of the band, this session will look at the current situation and discuss the best way forward for APAC countries in order 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 across both developed and developing countries in the APAC region?
  • Given the challenges that some countries in the region face with clearing the C-band, could 6GHz be a good alternative to provide the required mid-band spectrum for 5G?
  • To what extent is co-existence between incumbent and potential new users such as WiFi and 5G feasible? What are some potential challenges would this present and how could these be overcome?
  • With very polarised positions emerging in different regions around the world, to what extent is it important that a harmonised approach to the band is achieved across the APAC region?
  • 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: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Chenda Thong
Chairman, Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)
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Tom Wikström
Special Advisor, Traficom, Finland
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Abdulaziz Aljuaid
Senior Specialist, CITC
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Yi Shen Chan
On behalf of Ericsson, GSMA, Huawei & Nokia
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Chris Szymanski
Director, Product Marketing | Technology Strategy, Broadcom
16:00 - 16:20
Break
16:20 - 17:30
Session 6: Beyond C-band and 6GHz – Exploring the future of the wider mid-band landscape

As we have seen in the last 2 sessions, whilst the C-band and 6GHz band are viewed as hugely important frequencies for 5G development, there are challenges that exist with making spectrum in both bands available in some countries across the APAC region. And even in those countries where these bands are available for 5G, in order to meet continually growing needs, it is claimed by GSMA an additional 2GHz of mid-band spectrum will be required by 2030. This session will look at some of the other options that are being explored in countries across the region to provide the mid-band capacity that is required. Focus will be given to the 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 4.4-5GHz bands; as well as to future plans for the 2GHz band (1980—2010 MHz paired with 2170—2200 MHz), which is being considered across the region for a number of different uses including mobile, satellite, Air-To-Ground and narrowband IoT.
 

  • Looking beyond the C-band and 6GHz frequencies, how can the need for additional bandwidth for 5G be balanced with the needs of other key users across the mid-band frequencies?
  • What is the current situation across the region in the 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 4.4-5GHz bands, and which of these can provide the best alternative for mobile broadband where C-band spectrum is not available?
  • What 5G equipment ecosystems are developing across these bands?
  • How important is it that a co-ordinated approach across the mid-band frequencies is seen in the region, and what scope should there be for national differences to be taken into account?
  • What discussions are taking place around the future of the 2GHz band and what options exist here? What impact could its proximity to the mobile 2.1 GHz band have on its suitability as a band that could be considered to help facilitate hybrid satellite/terrestrial connectivity systems in the future?
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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Bui Ha Long
Deputy Director of Policy and Frequency planning Division, the Authority of Radio Frequency Management of Viet Nam, MIC Vietnam
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Du Yeqing
VP, 5G Product, Huawei
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Alexander Kühn
Head of Spectrum, BNetzA
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Xiaoran Zhang
Representative, GTI
09:15 - 10:35
Session 7: Best practice in spectrum licencing and planning – country case studies

One of the biggest ongoing challenges for regulators in the APAC 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. In addition, planning ahead and the delivery of a roadmap for spectrum release can play a big part in promoting investment and innovation and insuring the efficient use of spectrum. This session will provide the opportunity to look at some recent examples of best practice that have been seen in licencing and planning, and explore why these aspects are so important.

Session 7: Best practice in spectrum licencing and planning – country case studies image
Moderator: Scott Minehane
Managing Director, Windsor Place Consulting
Case Study 1: Thailand
Case Study 1: Thailand image
Theetanun Rattanasanyanuphap
Director of Telecommunications Business Licensing Bureau, NBTC, Thailand
Case Study 2: Brazil
Case Study 2: Brazil image
Agostinho Linhares
Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting, Anatel, Brazil
Case Study 3: South Africa