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Tuesday October 2, 2018


09:00 – 09:40

Session 1: Delivering the next generation wireless environment

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation

09:40 – 11:10

Session 1ii: Delivering the next generation wireless environment – how close are we to realising the 5G vision?

A key theme running through many of the sessions at this conference is identifying and making available spectrum that is required to deliver on the vision for 5G and the next generation wireless environment. As a starting point for this, this session will look in more detail at what this ‘vision’ actually is.

- What were the original ambitions for 5G, and how does that compare to the situation today, and what we are likely to see over the next few years?
- What role are different stakeholders set to play in the future wireless environment?
- And perhaps most importantly, what needs to be done in the US to ensure that the country stays on track to ‘win’ the global race for 5G?

09:40 – 09:50

Introduction – how close are we to realising the 5G vision?

A look back on the original ambitions for 5G in the US and how that matches with the current situation and vision of today.

09:50 – 11:00

State your case – industry representatives each given 10 minutes to answer 3 key questions:

- What was the original vision and ambitions for 5G and how close are we to realising these?
- What role will my sector play in delivering the future next generation wireless environment, and what spectrum is needed?
- What does the US need to do to ensure that it wins the race to 5G?

09:50 – 10:00

Presentation – the mobile perspective

10:00 – 10:10

Presentation – the satellite perspective

10:20 – 10:30

Unlicensed Representative

10:30 – 10:40

Response from FCC Representative

10:40 – 11:10

Room-wide Discussion

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Coffee

11:30 – 12:45

Session 2: Solving the spectrum shortage - Addressing the scarcity and availability of mobile spectrum

One of the key challenges for telecom regulators everywhere is finding enough spectrum to quench an ever increasing demand for mobile broadband. In the US and across North America, the situation is possibly even more critical than elsewhere – spectrum is arguably even more scarce here than in any other region, and as we approach the 5G era, it is essential that enough bandwidth is available to meet the capacity and coverage demands both of today, and of the future. This session will look at how much spectrum will actually be required to meet these demands and at the different options to make this available.

- How much capacity do mobile operators need for 5G in the long-term? In which bands? How can this be found?
- Is mobile spectrum unduly scarce in the US compared to other world regions (and therefore more expensive)?
- If so then what is the reason for this scarcity? What can be done to ensure that the required spectrum is brought to market quickly and efficiently?
- How do approaches for delivering mobile spectrum in Canada and Mexico vary from the United States, and what impact does this have on prices for spectrum?
- What mix of additional spectrum is required in the low range, mid range and millimetre wave bands?
- To what extent is the need for a balanced portfolio of spectrum for 5G the driver of the proposed T-Mobile / Sprint merger?
- What role can the repurposing of military and other federal spectrum for mobile play in helping to address the issue?
- To what extent can regulatory techniques such as spectrum caps play in ensuring that the required spectrum is available for those who need it?
- How can it be ensured that there is a long term strategy in place to ensure the availability of the required spectrum for mobile broadband not just in the first phase of 5G rollout, but also in the second phase post-launch?


12:45 – 13:25

Thinking Point…Spectrum auction and awards – Optimal design to bring the required spectrum to market

12:45 – 13:05


13:05 – 13:25


13:25 – 14:20


14:20 – 15:40

Session 3i: Maximising the potential of the CBRS band – developing a diverse spectrum ecosystem for the benefit of all

In 2015, FCC authorized the use of the 3.5 GHz CBRS band (3550 MHz to 3700 MHz) for shared wireless access, opening up previously protected spectrum used by the US Navy and other DoD members. The aim was to release an additional 150 MHz of spectrum in the band through the introduction of spectrum sharing technologies based on a three-tier architecture that allows unlicensed and licensed use and also protects the rights of existing incumbent users. However, a number of delays have been seen as work continues on working out final details of shared access rights. This session will look at the challenges that remain and the likely timeframe ahead.

- How mature is the CBRS eco-system? How close are we to commercial launch?
- What progress has been made with the SAS (Spectrum Access System) and equipment certification process and what are the likely timeframes ahead?
- Could there be a way to safely introduce interim early deployments to speed up the process?
- What is the likely future shape of the CBRS band, and what licence block configuration will be seen?
- How can the needs of all players in this key band best be met?
- Is the CBRS concept feasible outside the USA?

15:40 – 16:00

Afternoon Coffee

16:00 – 17:20

Session 3ii: The reconfiguration of the 3.7-4.2 GHz C-Band – finding the best solution for all stakeholders

C-band has once again emerged as the next battlefront for 5G. C-band been has been heavily used by the
satellite industry for decades, but it is also considered to be a key band for the deployment of 5G services
and to deliver capacity for mobile broadband. In the US and around the world, regulators and industry
stakeholders are looking at options to reconfigure the band and make additional bandwidth available.
Representatives of the satellite community have proposed a market-based solution in the US where
100MHz of spectrum is made available for mobile use, whilst mobile representatives are pushing for a
minimum of 200MHz – 300MHz. Against the backdrop of an FCC NPRM on the band which will be released
in July, this session will look at the best way forward to deliver a band-plan that both offers optimal use for
5G and ensures that the requirements of both incumbent and new users in the band can be met in the
most efficient way.
- An update on the FCC NPRM on the band
- To what extent does the market based approach put forward by Intel, Intelsat and SES offer a viable
- What is the maximum amount of spectrum that can be made available in the band whilst also
ensuring the protection of satellite users in the band?
- What are the realistic requirements of the mobile industry?
- How can it be ensured that the spectrum that is released is then made available to operators in the
most timely and efficient fashion?
- What are the economics of deploying in the C-band? How is it likely to be used?
- What role can technologies such as carrier aggregation play in helping to provide a solution?
- Could a sharing model similar to that being introduced in the CBRS band be extended and also
provide an option in this band too?

17:20 – 17:40

Day 1 Closing Keynote: What potential is there for the 3.45 – 3.55GHz band to be reassigned for mobile use?

17:40 – 19:00

Cocktail and Networking Reception

Wednesday October 3, 2018


09:00 – 09:45

Session 4: Fireside Chat – WRC-19 – an update on current preparation for WRC-19 in the Americas around the world

Preparation for WRC-19 is well underway across the Americas and all around the world, and this interactive fireside chat will bring together representatives from some of the key regional bodies responsible for this. An update will be provided on current thinking and positions, and this will then be followed by an interactive discussion focussing on the best way forward to ensure a co-ordinated approach in the build-up to WRC, and one that works for the benefits of stakeholders and citizens everywhere.

09:45 – 11:15

Session 5: Plotting the shape of the future mmWave spectrum landscape – key bands, use cases and technologies

09:45 – 10:00

Auctions 101 and 102 – An update from FCC on the 24GHz and 28GHz auctions

10:00 – 11:15

Panel Discussion - Plotting the shape of the future mmWave spectrum landscape – key bands, use cases and technologies

11:15 – 11:35

Morning Coffee

11:35 – 12:50

Session 6: Breakout Sessions

Delegates will have the option of attending one of the two following parallel breakout sessions

Breakout 1: The Future of Broadcast – Maximizing the potential of AWSC3.0 and future services
Breakout 2: Deliver the required spectrum infrastructure – reducing the regulatory hurdles to the roll out of 5G

11:35 – 12:50

Breakout 1: The Future of Broadcast – Maximizing the potential of AWSC3.0 and future services

The broadcast sector is in the midst of some very important and impactful changes to their industry. The emergence of OTT provider and other new market entrants has changed the market from one dominated by the ‘one-to-many’ model, to the situation today where consumers have come to expect access to content pretty much anytime, anywhere and on any device. Traditional broadcasters have had to adapt to face unto this challenge, and through the introduction of innovative new technologies and standards such as ATSC3.0, are opening up exciting new opportunities and the ability to deliver new and dramatically improved services. This session will look at how this transition to next generation broadcasting services is being managed, and at the spectrum requirements and regulatory framework that needs to be in place to ensure the potential of next generation broadcast services can be delivered.

- To what extent are broadcasters in position to take advantage of the benefits that next generation technologies and services like ATSC 3.0 can provide?
- How can the transition to this new ecosystem of advanced broadcast services best be managed?
- What role will simulcasting play in ensuring a smooth transition and how can the spectrum be allocated and managed to ensure the avoidance of interference?
- How can regulators best ensure a regulatory structure that allows innovation in the broadcast sector to thrive?
- To what extent is there a need to reform the regulatory framework, and particularly aspects such as the national ownership cap for broadcasters and the UHF discount?
- What plans do FCC have for the ownership cap, and should they be looking to maintain it at its current level of 39% or considering options to raise or lower this?
- What will the changing shape of the broadcast sector mean for PMSE and other technologies that use traditional broadcast spectrum?

11:35 – 12:50

Breakout 2: Deliver the required spectrum infrastructure – reducing the regulatory hurdles to the roll out of 5G

Future infrastructure networks will look very different from the networks of today, with the traditional 100-foot towers associated with current generations of wireless service supplemented by thousands of new small cell facilities, many of which will be no larger than a backpack. It is estimated that an additional 150,000 – 200,000 sites for these small cells will be needed to meet the demands of IoT, 5G and future network technologies, but with the current federal, state and local siting policy framework, the deployment of these is both very expensive and time consuming. The FCC has already taken measures to streamline siting policy through an order passed earlier this year. This session will look at the extent to which this will help encourage 5G deployment, and at the challenges that still lay ahead.

- What issues are faced when considering the siting, deployment and mounting of small cells and what measures have already been taken by the FCC to streamline this?
- What are the appropriate terms for access to street infrastructure (such as lamp posts) for dense urban wireless deployments?
- What issues are caused by the disparities that are currently seen in local siting rules for infrastructure, and is there a need for additional federal action in this area? How can a more coordinated and harmonised approach to this be delivered?
- How can it be ensured that state and local laws are not unintentionally acting as a barrier to infrastructure deployment?
- What is an appropriate and fair fee structure for the deployment of small cells and other wireless infrastructure to ensure that (i) municipalities are able to recover the costs imposed on them through small cells and wireless deployments; and (ii) that digital opportunity and 5G deployment is promoted?
- Should any regulatory action be limited to small-cells or be focussed more generally and also include large scale towers?
- How does rural America fit into the 5G vision, and how can the required infrastructure be provided to deliver this?


12:50 – 13:50


13:50 – 15:30

Session 7: The emerging ‘Post incentive auction’ landscape

The incentive auctions are now more than a year in the past, the shape of the new landscape in the 600MHz is now starting to emerge. With the November 30th deadline for broadcasters in ‘phase 1’ to move to their new channel now just a few weeks away, the session will look at what shape we are in to meet this. It will also focus on the continued roll-out of 5G services in the band and the progress here, and look more broadly at the situation in Canada, with the 600MHz auction there scheduled to soon take place; and also to the potential of unlicensed use in the band.

13:50 – 14:50

Panel Discussion: Are we on track? An update on the repacking process and 5G rollout in the 600MHz band

- Are broadcasters on track to meet the phase 1 transition deadline?
- What measures are in place to ensure that if any do not meet the deadline then the knock-on effects of this are minimised?
- What progress has been made on the roll-out of 5G services in the band, and what is proposed timeframe ahead?
- What lessons have been learnt from the repacking process so far?
- Will the additional $1 billion allocated by Congress for the post-incentive auction TV station repack now be sufficient to cover all costs, and what role can this play in ensuring that future deadlines are met?

14:50 – 15:10

Presentation – A look at the upcoming 600MHz auctions in Canada and plans for award and repacking

15:10 – 15:30

Presentation – Future of unlicensed usage in whitespaces now that it is known how much spectrum is available

15:30 – 15:50

Afternoon Refreshments

15:50 – 17:05

Session 8: What are the prospects for unlicensed use of the 6GHz band?

One band that is currently being considered for unlicensed use both in the US and elsewhere is the 6GHz band. A number of technology companies have claimed that this would be key in easing current wireless congestion and also in meeting future demands as both public and private entities bolster their use of WiFi in coming years. There are a number of incumbent users in the band however (including public safety entities, utilities, broadcasters, fixed service operators, and fixed-satellite service providers), and many of these have expressed concerns that unlicensed or licensed devices in the frequencies would result in harmful interference to their operations. At the very least they say that it must be proven that such interference will not occur before the new devices should be permitted, and argue that this has not yet been done. This session will address this issue of ensuring that the rights of incumbent users can be protected and look more generally at the prospects of the band for unlicensed use in the US and elsewhere.

- To what extent does the 6GHz band offer an option for unlicensed use?
- What sharing frameworks and coexistence techniques are being considered to facilitate this?
- How can it be ensured that interference in the band is avoided and that the rights of existing users are protected?
- To what extent has this protection of existing services been proven? Is there need for more work to be done?
- With the band also being considered for unlicensed use in Europe, what prospects are there for a harmonised approach and increased economies of scale in these regions and elsewhere?
- What differences exist in the frequency ranges under consideration in different regions, and how can these be overcome?



Tue October 2, 2018 08.30 to
Wed October 3, 2018 17.00




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