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Please find below a copy of the final agenda of the event, which took place on 7th March in Brussels. If you have any specific questions on the topics that were discussed at the event, please get in touch with Tom Chinnock on +44 (0) 2920 783 025 or




Wednesday 7 March, 2012


08:55 – 09:00

Introduction from event rapporteur

Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

09:00 – 13:00

MORNING SESSIONS: Taking the first steps towards shared spectrum access - policy and technological considerations

Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

09:00 – 11:05

Session 1 - Keynote Presentations and round-table discussion

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation: The view from the European Commission

Pearse O'Donohue, Head of Unit for Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation: Delivering the technology to enable dynamic spectrum access – where are we now?

Paul Mitchell, Senior Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

09:40 – 11:05

Round table discussion: Overcoming the policy challenges to move dynamic spectrum access from concept to reality

What implications would a shift to dynamic spectrum access have on the way that spectrum is currently managed at an EU and national level? How can policymakers help to create an environment for investment? How can it be ensured that the benefit of dynamic spectrum access is maximised? What co-ordination is required at a European and international level?

Representative, European Parliament (tbc)

Pearse O'Donohue, Head of Unit for Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission
Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
Aparna Sridhar, Telecom Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.
Simon Mason, Head of Technical Development, Arqiva

11:05 – 11:25

Morning Refreshment Break

11:25 – 13:00

Session 2 - What are the key drivers to create an environment towards sharing spectrum?

11:25 – 11:40

Keynote Presentation: Outcomes of WRC12 for software-defined radio and cognitive radio

Fabio Leite, Deputy Director of Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

11:40 – 11:55

Applying database approaches to managing whitespaces

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew, COO, LS telcom Inc.

11:55 – 12:10

Designing equipment and networks for white space operation

William Webb, CTO, Neul

12:10 – 12:25

Ensuring the protection of existing spectrum users

Edgar Reihl, Director of Advanced Development, Shure, Inc.

12:25 – 13:00

Panel discussion:

Mapping the paradigm shift from a static to a dynamic spectrum management model

Above speakers plus:

Aparna Sridhar, Telecom Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 17:45

AFTERNOON SESSIONS: Mapping the shape of a future shared spectrum market

Gerry Oberst, Partner, Hogan Lovells

14:00 – 14:20

Keynote Presentation: Plans for the introduction of white space technology in the UK

Ed Richards, Chief Executive, Ofcom

14:20 – 14:35

The potential benefits of Licensed Shared Access (LSA) for Europe

Pierre Jean Muller, Senior Manager, Wireless Standards Dept, Huawei

14:35 – 16:00

Session 3 - What are the best methods of combining technical and business approaches for a more efficient use of spectrum?

What types of spectrum/wireless infrastructure sharing (dynamic or less dynamic) can provide the greatest benefits for all users? What incentives and market based mechanisms can be used to ensure that the most efficient model is adopted? To what extent will cognitive radio capabilities play a part in the future of spectrum sharing long term and what other sharing technologies and models may also be employed? To what extent could Licensed Shared Access (LSA) provide a viable approach to provide further sharing opportunities and to minimise the impact on current users? Could a future role ever be envisaged for a centralized spectrum broker in a dynamic environment?


Simon Forge, Director, SCF Associates Ltd
Thomas Ewers, Chairman, Electronic Communications Committee, ECC
Jim Connolly, Senior Spectrum Advisor, ComReg and Rapporteur for the review of spectrum use, Radio Spectrum Policy Group
Antonio Nicita, Associate Professor of Economic Policy, Univeristy of Siena, Italy
James Pace, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Silver Spring Networks

16:00 – 16:15

Afternoon Refreshment Break

16:15 – 17:40

Session 4 - How can the protection of existing spectrum users be ensured, and can the dynamic model eventually be made beneficial to all users?

What regulatory and planning arrangements need to be considered and developed to ensure that interference and quality of service are managed efficiently? How can disruption to existing spectrum users be minimised? Have tests such as those conducted recently in Cambridge done enough to prove that interference will not be an issue? Can dynamic spectrum management assist with improving the efficiency of public safety and military spectrum, and if so, how can it be ensured that these vitally important spectrum users are safe-guarded?


Alan March, Business Development Specialist, Sennheiser & Vice President, APWPT
Philippe Lefebvre, Principal Administrator, Radio Spectrum Policy Unit, European Commission
Catherine Smadja, Head of Special Projects, Policy and Strategy , BBC
Cecil Ameil, Coordinator, Working Group Markets, ESOA
Darrin Mylet, Business Operations & Regulatory Affairs, Adaptrum
José Prieto, Director of Business Development and Institutional Affairs, GMV

17:40 – 17:45

Final Summary from event rapporteur & End of Conference

Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

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