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Tuesday October 2, 2018

Morning

09:00 – 09:40

Session 1: Setting the Scene – Keynote and introductory Presentations

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation

09:50 – 10:00

Presentation - The Mobile Perspective

10:00 – 10:10

Presentation - The Satellite Perspective

10:10 – 11:10

Session 2i: High Level Roundtable Discussion: Solving the spectrum shortage - To what extent can federal spectrum help alleviate the spectrum ‘crunch’?

As state-of-the-art technologies and policy tools make it increasingly possible to improve the efficiency of federal systems, a growing emphasis is being placed on the reallocation of federal spectrum for commercial use. Against the backdrop of President Trump’s memo on spectrum management (which is expected before the date of the conference); a number of legislative measures being proposed from Capitol Hill; and studies on spectrum sharing taking place in a number of key federal bands; this high-level discussion will discuss work that is being done in this area and the role that federal spectrum can play in helping to alleviate the wider spectrum ‘crunch’.

- What incentives are being provided to federal agencies to encourage them to increase efficiency and make spectrum available for commercial use?
- How important is spectrum sharing seen as part of the solution, and what innovative sharing methods and other solutions and technologies are being seen?
- How can it be ensured that the need for ensuring national and homeland security is balanced with the need for efficiency and flexibility in the way in which federal spectrum is used?
- Which bands offer the best options for making additional spectrum available to the private sector?
- What recent legislative work and studies are being done in this area to help find a solution?

10:10 – 11:10

High Level Discussion

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Coffee

11:30 – 12:40

Session 2ii: 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?

11:30 – 12:40

Panel Discussion

Afternoon

12:40 – 13:20

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

12:40 – 13:00

Presentation

13:00 – 13:20

Presentation

13:20 – 14:20

Lunch

14:20 – 15:45

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?

14:20 – 14:40

Session 3: The changing shape of the mid-range spectrum landscape - C-Band CBRS and beyond

14:20 – 14:35

Introductory Presentation

14:35 – 15:45

Panel Discussion

15:45 – 16:05

Afternoon Refreshments

16:05 – 17:15

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 solution?
- 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?

16:05 – 17:15

Panel Discussion

17:15 – 17:35

What potential is there for the 3.45 – 3.55GHz band to be reassigned for mobile use?

17:35 – 19:00

Cocktail and Networking Reception

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Morning

09:00 – 09:10

Introduction to Day 2

09:10 – 09:55

Session 4: 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.

09:10 – 09:55

Fireside Chat

10:05 – 11:15

Session 5: BREAKOUT SESSION (1)

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

Breakout 1a: Plotting the shape of the future mmWave spectrum landscape – key bands, use cases and technologies
Breakout 1b: The Future of Broadcast – Maximizing the potential of AWSC3.0 and future services

10:05 – 11:15

Breakout 1a: Plotting the shape of the future mmWave spectrum landscape – key bands, use cases and technologies

The release of mmWave spectrum is due to start later this year, with auctions planned in the 28GHz and 24GHz bands. With the mmWave frequencies seen as key to provide the required capacity for 5G and future wireless services in urban areas, is it expected that more awards will likely follow soon. Chairman Pai stated recently that the FCC anticipated auctioning additional bands in the near future. This session will explore what the shape of the future mmWave spectrum landscape may be, and at how exactly the spectrum in these bands is going to be utilised.

- What is the latest situation with the planning for the upcoming 28GHz and 24GHz auctions?
- What will likely be the future role of mmWave spectrum and how exactly do mobile operators plan to use it?
- Is it still seen mainly as an urban corridor overlay for capacity? What progress has been made, and what is going to be possible in the future?
- What are going to be the key mmWave bands in the future in the US and elsewhere?
- To what extent is it going to be possible to deliver a globally harmonised band in the mmWave frequencies, and which bands offer the best potential for this?
- What potential is there for launching services in bands above 95GHz?

10:05 – 11:15

Breakout 1b: 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?

11:15 – 11:35

Morning Coffee

11:35 – 12:45

Session 5: BREAKOUT SESSION (2)

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

Breakout 2a: The role of an evolving satellite sector in next generation networks
Breakout 2b: The emerging ‘Post incentive auction’ landscape

11:35 – 12:40

Breakout 2a: The role of an evolving satellite sector in next generation networks

5G represents far more than just the next generation of terrestrial mobile communications. It is going to be a combination of new and existing technologies working hand-in-hand – a ‘network of networks’. This session will focus specifically on the satellite sector, and the role that it is going to play in this 5G future. It will look at the relevance of latest satellite innovations; the potential impact of future 3GPP standards for 5G to support satellite access; and the best way forward to exploit satellite strengths to ensure maximum 5G penetration.

- What impact will new innovations (for example Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS), non-geostationary (NGSO) constellations and NanoSats / CubeSats) have on helping to drive satellite integration into 5G?
- What progress is being made to drive an integrated satellite and terrestrial network infrastructure in the context of 5G and do telcos/MNOs see market potential for it given the reach limitations of terrestrial technologies?
- To what extent is there a need to revisit the current regulatory regimes for satellite systems in light of new innovations in order to allow all satellite technologies to play their part in 5G?
- How much of a threat does space debris pose to the future sustainability of the satellites sector? What measures have been taken to tackle this, and to what extent is regulation for this necessary?

11:35 – 12:40

Breakout 2b: 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 they are in to meet this. It will
also focus on the continued roll-out of terrestrial 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.

11:35 – 12:40

Panel Discussion: Are broadcasters 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?

Afternoon

12:40 – 13:35

Lunch

13:35 – 13:55

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

13:55 – 15:05

Session 6: Deliver the required spectrum infrastructure – streamlining siting policy and reducing the regulatory hurdles

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?

13:55 – 14:10

Presentation

14:10 – 15:05

Panel Discussion

15:05 – 15:20

Afternoon Refreshments

15:20 – 16:05

Session 7: Powering the next generation of IoT connectivity across different vertical sectors

From industrial IoT to smart health; and connected cars to smart grids and utilities, the growth of IoT and the automation and sensors that it brings is impacting vertical sectors everywhere. Each of these different use cases brings with it different connectivity requirements. This fireside chat will look at the best way that these requirements can be met, and discuss the balance that may be required between dedicated spectrum and connectivity provided over ‘traditional’ carrier networks.

- What frequencies and solutions provide the best options to power the next generation of IoT connectivity across different vertical sectors?
- Can traditional mobile operators provide all these connectivity needs and deliver the quality and service that is required?
- Should there be dedicated spectrum made available, and what challenges would be associated with this approach?
- Is there an argument to allow industry stakeholders in some sectors to build, own and operate their own ‘private’ wireless networks?

15:20 – 16:05

Fireside Chat

16:05 – 17:15

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?

16:05 – 17:15

Panel Discussion

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When

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

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Where

The National Press Club

529 14th St NW,
Washington, DC 20045,
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