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Tuesday 12 December, 2017


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Refreshments and Registration

09:00 – 09:10

Official Opening of the Conference

Kirill Oparin, Head of Regional Office, ITU
Representative, Managing Director, Forum Europe

09:10 – 11:10

Session 1: Fundamentals of Spectrum Management

09:10 – 09:30

Keynote Presentation: Importance of radio communications

Francois Rancy, Director, ITU

09:30 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation

Valery Butenko, FSUE NIIR, Russia, Chairman, , RCC Commission

09:50 – 10:10

Keynote Presentation

Victor Strelets, Member, RRB

10:10 – 11:10

High Level Roundtable - Best practices of Spectrum management: maximising the potential of spectrum for the countries and the region

•What level of co-ordination and sharing of best practice is seen across the region, and what bodies and platforms are available to facilitate this?
•Is this sufficient or are there ways in which it can be improved?
•What should be the key short term and long term goals for regulators and policymakers setting spectrum policy in the region, and how can it be ensured that these are achieved?

11:10 – 11:30

Coffee break. Group photo

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Spectrum utilization by terrestrial radiocommunication system

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2a: Digital Switchover and the allocation of the 700MHz and 800MHz bands - encouraging a coordinated and accelerated approach

• What is the current situation across countries of the region with regards to the digital switchover?
• What approach to the reallocation of the 700 and 800MHz bands are being seen?
• What work is being done to co-ordinate approaches both within the region and also with neighbouring region such as the EU and Asia?


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Session 2b: Spectrum for 5G - preparing for 5G launch and rollout in the region

• What are the drivers and inhibitors of 5G technologies?
• What potential does 5G offer for countries, communities, citizens and businesses throughout the region.
• Where and when are these benefits of 5G realistically likely to be seen first?
• what work needs to be done now by operators and regulators to prepare for 5G?
• Which bands are likely to be the 'pioneer' bands and see 5G deployment first both in the region and elsewhere around the world?
What is the right technology mix to deliver the widespread roll-out of 5G connectivity throughout the region?

14:00 – 14:15

Presentation: Spectrum policy and pricing in a 5G World

14:15 – 14:30

Presentation: Advanced aeronautical and maritime radiocommunication systems

14:30 – 15:30

Panel Discussion

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Session 2c: Delivering the required connectivity for IoT and future network technologies

• What level of coordination and standardization is required when it comes to developing and implementing a strategy for IoT networks in the region?
• Is there a need for dedicated and harmonized spectrum for IoT, and in what bands could this be?
• What mix of technologies; licensed and unlicensed spectrum; and new and existing bands will best deliver on the needs of IoT?
• How can it be ensured that the connectivity needs of vertical sectors are met, such as the development of intelligent transports systems?

16:00 – 16:15

Presentation - Intelligent Transport Systems

16:15 – 16:30

Presentation - Standards and spectrum harmonization for the IoT the implementation, role of data

16:30 – 16:45

Presentation - Industrial IoT Deployment

16:45 – 17:00

Presentation - IoT Implementation in Unlicensed Bands

17:00 – 17:15


17:15 – 17:30


17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception

Wednesday 13 December, 2017


08:30 – 09:15

Welcome Refreshments

09:15 – 10:15

Session 3: Spectrum utilization by space radiocommunications system

09:15 – 09:30

Presentation - Communication satellites in Ka range - new opportunities of various terminals

09:30 – 09:45

Presentation - Exploring the potential of new technologies and standards such as High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and Non-Geosynchronous (NSGO) systems

09:45 – 10:00

Presentation - Global navigating satellite systems, including land networks of coordination stations

10:00 – 10:15


10:15 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:00

Thinking point: Title to be confirmed

11:00 – 12:30

Session 4: Options to meet increasing spectrum requirements

11:00 – 12:30

Session 4a: Additional options to meet the growing spectrum requirements for mobile broadband

• Beyond the digital dividend bands, what additional spectrum may be required to handle the growth in demand for mobile data?
• How important will bands such as the 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 3.4 - 3.8GHz be in providing a solution? When will this additional spectrum be required, and what considerations need to be taken into account when planning additional release and awards?
• How can it be ensured that the requirements of additional users within these bands are catered for?
• To what extent is a coordinated and aligned approach to releasing these bands required, but within the region with the EU?
• What role can other technologies such as satellite and WiFi play through offloading traffic?


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session 4 (Continued)

13:30 – 15:00

Session 4b: Increasing efficiency of spectrum usage in the region - tools and technologies

• How efficiently is spectrum currently being used within the region and what quality of service is being provided?
• What tools and technologies are available to monitor spectrum efficiency and usage? What options are available to increase this efficiency and where does the balance lie between efficiency and reliability?
• What role can spectrum sharing play in being part of the solution?

13:30 – 13:45

Presentation - Open Nettest

13:45 – 14:00

Presentation - Radiomonitoring of terrestrial and space radiocommunications systems; new radiomonitoring technologies

14:00 – 14:15

Presentation - Spectrum for PDPR and Critical Communication Services - balancing efficiency and reliability

14:15 – 14:30

Presentation - principles of spectrum sharing by space and terrestrial radiocommunication services

Representative, BR, ITU

14:30 – 15:00


15:30 – 17:00

Session 5: Connecting the unconnected: Spectrum policies to help bring affordable connectivity to all

• What progress is being made in the objective of breaking down the digital divide and achieving universal coverage?
• What spectrum bands will be most important in finding a solution?
• What is the right technology mix to deliver this in both an affordable and efficient manner?

Istvan Bozsoki, Head of Spectrum Management, ITU

Thursday 14 December, 2017


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Refreshments

09:00 – 11:00

Session 6: Looking ahead to WRC-19

Alexander Kuhn, Chair for WRC-19 preparation, CEPT
Representative, Chairman, ITU

09:00 – 09:10


Albert Nalbandian, Chairman, RCC WG on WRC-19

09:10 – 09:20


Alexander Kuhn, Chair for WRC-19 preparation, CEPT

09:20 – 09:30


Representative, Chairman, ITU

09:30 – 11:00

Panel Discussion

Albert Nalbandian, Chairman, RCC WG on WRC-19
Alexander Kuhn, Chair for WRC-19 preparation, CEPT