2 – 3 September 2020 | Jakarta . Indonesia 

6th Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

Organised by Forum Global, and hosted by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MCI), Indonesia, the 6th Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference will take place in Indonesia from 2 – 3 September, 2020. 

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.

Sessions will include a focus on issues such as WRC-19 & 23, 5G rollout and key spectrum bands (in low, mid and high ranges), spectrum licensing and national roadmaps, rural connectivity, spectrum for verticals and much more. 

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. 

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Global
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
Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia
In accordance with Law Number 39 Year 2008 regarding State Ministries and the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCI) is a Ministry of the government of Republic of Indonesia responsible for information and communications. The Ministry of Communications and Informatics is assigned to conduct governmental affairs in the field of communications and informatics to assist the President in conducting state affairs. The Ministry of Communications and Informatics is led by a Minister of Communication and Informatics, Mr. Johnny Gerard Plate since 23 October 2019.The main duties and functions of the Ministry comprise: formulate national, implementing, and technical policies in the field of communications and informatics, inclusive of postal affairs, telecommunications, broadcasting, information technology, communication, multimedia services, and information dissemination.
Supported by
APT is one of the key organisations of governments, spearheading development and innovation programs in cooperation with telecom service providers, manufacturers of communication equipment and research and development organisations in the field of Communications and Information Technologies. APT serves member countries on ICT in the Asia Pacific Region.
Diamond Partner
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.
Diamond Partner
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
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Intel expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Additional information about Intel is available at intel.com
Diamond Partner
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.
Platinum Sponsor
Coleago Consulting
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
Using a network of low-Earth-orbit satellites, Lynk (previously known as UbiquitiLink) is creating a global mobile service for mobile network operators—providing universal geographic coverage for existing mobile phones and cellular IoT devices in the most remote parts of the world. Users will have connectivity whenever they roam outside of terrestrial mobile tower coverage with no hardware or software changes needed to their mobile phone. Lynk’s satellites will provide the missing “link” to connectivity for everyone, everywhere.
Platinum Sponsor
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.
Gold Sponsor
For over four decades, CommScope has consistently been known as driven, dynamic and dedicated. Our extensive team of experts is working to reshape the way we communicate. We’re passionate about building connections for a more intelligent tomorrow and being able to exceed our customers’ expectations by continuously pushing what’s possible in our field. Mostly, we’re proud of the lasting partnerships we build with our customers, who know they can rely on CommScope and trust us to create efficient, quality networks.
Gold Sponsor
LS Telcom
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 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.
Event Partners
Company bio to be added shortly...
Event Partner
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
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.
Silver Sponsor
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.
Knowledge Partner
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 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.

Speakers include

Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates.

Mario Maniewicz


Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

Areewan Haorangsi

Areewan Haorangsi

Secretary General,
Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

Kai Sahala 240

Kai Sahala

Head of 5G, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Nokia


Tare Brisibe

Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, Global Satellite Coalition

Cristian Gomez 240

Cristian Gomez

Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA


Day 1
Day 2
08:30 - 09:00
Morning Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 09:40
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentations
09:40 - 10:55
Session 1: Leading the way – 5G visions and early experiences across the APAC region

All around the world, commercial 5G deployment is now underway, and countries in Asia are very much leading the way. In countries across the region, we are seeing examples of 5G networks being launched and the first 5G handsets starting to become available. This session will look at the progress that has been made with the launch of 5G across Asia and elsewhere, and at what needs to be done to ensure that the region takes advantage of the leading position on 5G deployment that it currently enjoys.

– What progress has been seen in countries across the APAC region when it comes to roll-out of 5G? Which countries are being seen as early leaders?

– In examples of roll-out that have been seen, to what extent have early versions of the technology met expectations?

– Beyond the first-movers / early leaders, what plans are being made for rollout of 5G in other countries across the region?

– What are the key spectrum bands that are being seen for 5G at this early stage, and what bands offer the best options to deliver the required connectivity in the longer term?

– How can the APAC region continue to innovate and push forward to ensure that it remains ahead of the game both with the continued roll-out of 5G, and also with the development of future technologies (Beyond 5G or 6G)?

10:55 - 11:15
Morning Coffee
11:15 - 12:45
Session 2: Next steps following WRC-19 – implementation and looking ahead

WRC-19 took place in Egypt at the end of 2019, delivering key decisions and directions on spectrum policy for the next four years and beyond. Now that the dust has settled, the general consensus from most stakeholders seems to be that overall a fair balance was reached. The next steps are now of course for the outcomes and decisions to be implemented, both in APAC and other regions around the world. This session will look at the work that needs to be done to do this and ensure that the additional bandwidth for IMT is made available as quickly and efficiently as possible. And with attention already starting to switch to WRC-23, it will then move on to look at the key agenda and items expected to feature there.

  • What new bands were identified for IMT at WRC-19 and what are now the next steps in order to ensure they are made available as quickly and efficiently as possible?
  • With 5G set to be delivered through a mix of technology and a ‘network-of-networks’, to what extent will the decisions at WRC19 help to meet the future requirements of key technologies such as satellite (including ESIMs), WiFi and HAPS alongside those of mobile?
  • Are there any lessons from WRC-19 that can be taken to improve the way in which WRC-23 and future conferences are co-ordinated?
  • What are the key agenda items and bands to be discussed at WRC-23, and what are the next steps in the build-up to this?
  • With much of WRC-19 focussing on 5G ‘capacity’ bands, what now needs to be done to ensure that sufficient spectrum is available to deliver 5G coverage?
  • The 6GHz band is set to be one of the key topics for discussion in the lead-up to WRC-23. Where does the balance between licenced and licence-exempt use in this band?
  • Will we still be talking about ‘spectrum for 5G’ when we reach 2023, or will the focus have switched to B5G or 6G?
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:45
Session 3: Effective spectrum pricing and licence assignment in the APAC region

A number of 4G and 5G spectrum auctions and awards have taken place in Asia Pacific over the last few years, with varying degrees of success. Whilst some have been successful in allocating bandwidth and bringing in new entrants, a number of others have not achieved their objectives, with lots remaining unsold and reserves not being met. Looking at examples of different approaches to spectrum awards that have been seen in the region, this session will examine where the best practice
lies in designing the award process and also in setting fair spectrum prices. It will look at how regulators can balance the promotion of efficient spectrum use with that of revenue generation from spectrum awards.

– What recent awards have been seen across the APAC region and elsewhere? What results have been seen and what prices have been achieved?
– What impact has 5G had on trends seen in spectrum prices?
– What factors influence the price of spectrum, and how can regulators ensure that they are setting reserve prices at a realistic level?
– What can the impact be on mobile operators and on consumers if spectrum prices are set at artificially inflated levels?
– To what extent should regulators rely on the market to determine spectrum prices and ensure true market value?

Session 4: A focus on mid-band frequencies – meeting the connectivity requirements of all users
14:45 - 16:30
Session 4i: To what extent is co-existence of 5G and satellite services possible in the lower C-band?

– To what extent is trouble free co-existence between mobile and satellite in the C-band possible?
– What approaches are being seen across Asia and the rest of the world to deliver this and release part of the band for mobile use?
– What factors should regulators be taking into account when looking to deliver this, and how can it be ensured that the needs of satellite and other incumbent users are looked after?
– What size guard band is necessary to ensure protection against interference? What other technological and regulatory solutions can also help facilitate trouble free co-existence?
– 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?
– How close are we to achieving globally harmonised spectrum allocations for 5G in the C-band, and what benefits could this bring if it was delivered?

16:30 - 16:50
Afternoon Coffee
16:50 - 18:00
Session 4ii: 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and beyond – exploring the wiser mid-band ecosystem

Beyond the bands that have been discussed in the last sessions, there are other options in the mid bands that that are being considered as options for both 4G and 5G spectrum. The 2.6GHz band for example has good propagation characteristics and in addition has already been awarded to China Mobile, guaranteeing a hardware ecosystem. This session will look at the 2.6GHz band as well as other bands such as 2.3GHz and 4.4-5Ghz bands and explore their potential to provide alterative options for IMT services.

– To what extent can other bands such as the 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 4.4-5GHz bands offer an additional option to provide mid band spectrum for IMT?
– How much spectrum mid-band is actually needed in order to both extend the development of 4G with wide bandwidth, and provide available spectrum for early 5G implementation in
APAC region?
– How advanced is the development of the ecosystem in these bands, and what national plans are being seen across Asia?
– What other users are present in these bands, and how can it be ensured that the needs of all stakeholders are met?
– What challenges would be faced when looking to rollout IMT services in these bands and how can they be overcome?
– To what extent can these bands help to extend the deployment of both 4G and 5G services and help MNOs move away from legacy 2G and 3G technologies?

09:00 - 10:20
Session 5: A focus on low frequencies – the emerging shape of spectrum usage in the sub-1 GHz band

Over the last 12 months, a number of countries across the APAC region have made some significant progress in assigning the 700MHz band – countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, have all now either re-allocated spectrum in the band to mobile or have plans to do so in 2020. When making the spectrum available, each country faces a number of decisions on how exactly to do this. This session will look at some of these questions in more detail, as well as more
generally looking at the overall state of play of the spectrum landscape below 1-GHz band and the shape of the bandplan that is emerging and the various users in it.

– What is the current state of play with regards to the re-assignment of the 700MHz band across the region, and where can we expect to be by the end of 2020?
– What are the relative pros and cons of making the frequencies available on a paired (FDD) or an unpaired (TDD) basis?
– Should regulators be looking at making the spectrum in the band initially available for 4G and then transition to 5G at a later stage, or is there an argument to allocate it for 5G use straight away?
– When working on the digital switchover, should countries be solely considering the 700MHz band, or also looking at including the use of 600MHz for mobile broadband in their spectrum roadmaps?
– How are the emergence of new digital broadcasting standards such as ATS3.0 shaping the future of the broadcast sector and its spectrum requirements? How can these be incorporated
into the long-term UHF bandplan?

10:20 - 11:20
Thinking Point: ‘Coverage from the sky’ – innovations in delivering connectivity to ‘hard to reach’ areas

The satellite sector has always been key in delivering connectivity to rural and outlying areas, complementing mobile and other technologies to increase overall coverage areas. Recent and forthcoming innovations within the sector mean that this is more true today than it ever has been before. From the most remote, rural locations to ships and aircraft, this session will look at the potential that technologies such as LEO satellites and high altitude platforms offer to provide coverage in areas that it has not been possible before, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

11:20 - 11:35
Morning Coffee
11:35 - 12:55
Session 6: A focus on high frequencies – Building the post-WRC mmWave landscape

As we saw in the last session, one of the key focusses at WRC-19 was to identify additional spectrum for IMT in the mmWave bands. This session will now take the opportunity to look at this emerging mmWave ecosystem in a little more detail.

– Which mmWave frequencies are emerging as the key bands for 5G, and how are these being used by stakeholders both in Asia and around the rest of the world?
– What early results are being seen in countries that have started using mmWave spectrum for 5G (for example in the US), and have these started to change any opinions on the potential that mmWave bands offer?
– What is the true demand for mmWave spectrum? Will the increasing availability of mid-band spectrum (and with more in the pipeline for the near future) take the pressure off and mean there is less of a focus on mmWave for IMT?
– How much mmWave spectrum was allocated for IMT at WRC-19 and what will this do to the future mmWave landscape? To what extent has this changed plans within mmWave bands both in Asia and elsewhere around the world?
– Does the approach that has been taken in the 26GHz band strike the right balance between protecting satellite users and enabling the quick and efficient roll-out of 5G services?
– To what extent can the approach that is being seen in that band be transferred and used in other bands?

12:55 - 13:10
Thinking Point: 5G microwave case and spectrum planning for delivering backhaul solution
13:10 - 14:10
14:10 - 15:55
Session 7: Meeting the connectivity requirements of vertical industries

A major focus area for regulators all around the world at present is on the best way to provide vertical industry users with access to 5G spectrum. A number of different licencing models are being explored by regulators around the world in order to deliver this, including the option to offer vertical users the opportunity to acquire spectrum directly, through localised 5G licences. This session will explore the pros and cons of the various approaches that are being seen and discuss the best way forward to ensure an efficient and flexible spectrum framework that satisfies the many varied 5G and vertical use cases.

  • What examples of 5G commercial use cases are being seen across the region and how are their connectivity requirements being met?
  • What approaches are available to regulators looking to provide vertical users with access to the required spectrum?
  • What spectrum has been identified for vertical industries and in which bands
  • What are the benefits in providing access to spectrum directly to vertical users as opposed to the traditional method of using networks provided by traditional MNOs? What new challenges are raised?
  • How are vertical sectors planning to use any spectrum that they are granted access to and what business models are being developed?
  • What spectrum bands are being considered, and to what extent can vertical users demonstrate sufficient value to society to justify access to sometimes hugely valuable spectrum in this way?
15:55 - 16:10
Afternoon Coffee
16:10 - 17:15
Session 8: Planning ahead – A focus on national roadmaps for 5G and the connected world

Across the region, countries are putting into place their national plans and roadmaps for 5G development. This session will take the opportunity to hear case studies from representatives of some of these on their plans and preparations for 5G and the connected world of the future.

– What examples of spectrum roadmaps are being seen across the region?
– How important are these in encouraging investment in next generation networks and new technologies?
– To what extent are we seeing co-ordination across the region on both timing and bandplans,especially in neighbouring countries?
– How can regulators plan ahead to ensure that they are not left behind when it comes to 5G rollout?

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Event Background

Launched in 2013, and now in its sixth year, The Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion within the region. 

Event partners APT 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 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2019, the 5th Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 300 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 more.

You can view more details of the 2019 edition of this event here.

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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 attending the conference, subject to the availability of funds. If you would be interesting in applying for this support to attend the conference – please download the form here and return it completed by 31 July 2020 to lula.howard@forum-global.com / + 44 (0) 29290 783 026.


Le Meridien Jakarta

Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Kav 18 - 20, Jakarta 10220 Indonesia

Le Meridien Jakarta
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman,
Kav 18 – 20,
Jakarta 10220
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For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Lula Howard using any of the details below.

Lula Howard
Event Manager
Forum Global


Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 026