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A detailed program for this conference can be found below (please note: * indicates speaker to be confirmed).



Tuesday October 2, 2018


09:00 – 10:00

Session 1: Setting the Scene – Keynote and introductory Presentations

Moderator: Ruth Milkman, Partner, Quadra Partners, LLC

09:00 – 09:15

Keynote Presentation

Julius Knapp, Head of Bureau, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC

09:15 – 09:30

Keynote Presentation

Oscar Leon, Executive Secretary, CITEL

09:30 – 09:45

Presentation - The Mobile Perspective

Tom Power, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA

09:45 – 10:00

Presentation - The Satellite Perspective

Tom Stroup, President, SIA - Satellite Industry Association

10:00 – 11:00

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?

Moderator: Ruth Milkman, Partner, Quadra Partners, LLC

10:00 – 11:00

High Level Discussion

Frederick D. Moorefield, Jr., Director, Spectrum Policy & International Engagement, Department of Defense
Peter Tenhula, Acting Director, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Alex Damato, Tech Advisor & Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman, Matsui

11:00 – 11:20

Morning Coffee

11:20 – 12:35

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?

Moderator: Richard Marsden, Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

11:20 – 12:35

Panel Discussion

Veena Rawat, Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA
Alejandro Navarrete Torres, Head of Spectrum Unit , IFT Mexico
Matthew Pearl, Assistant Chief - Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
Saul Friedner, Associate Director, Spectrum Services, LS Telcom
John Hunter, Senior Director, Technology and Engineering Policy., T-mobile

12:35 – 12:55

Thinking Point…Addressing the spectrum requirements for PPDR

Bharat Bhatia, Head of International Spectrum and Regulatory Team, Motorola Solutions Inc

12:55 – 13:50



13:50 – 14:30

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

Moderator: Richard Marsden, Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

13:50 – 14:10


James Bono, Vice President, Economists Incorporated

14:10 – 14:30


David Salant, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

14:30 – 17:30

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

14:30 – 15:50

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?

Moderator: Alexis Kramer, Legal Editor, Tech & Telecom, Bloomberg Law

14:30 – 14:45

Introductory Presentation

Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner, FCC

14:45 – 15:50

Panel Discussion

Frederick D. Moorefield, Jr., Director, Spectrum Policy & International Engagement, Department of Defense
Dave Wright, President, CBRS Alliance
Preston Marshall, Principal Wireless Architect, Google Access
Patrick Welsh, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Verizon

15:50 – 16:10

Afternoon Refreshments

16:10 – 17:30

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?

Moderator: Andrew Wright, Managing Partner, Aetha Consulting

16:10 – 17:30

Panel Discussion

Gerry Oberst, Senior Vice President, Global Advocacy, SES
Robert Weller, Vice-President, Spectrum Policy, NAB
Charla Rath, Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon
Hazem Moakkit, Vice President, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat
Kalpak Gude, President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)

17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail and Networking Reception

Wednesday October 3, 2018


09:00 – 10:20

Session 4: Delivering connectivity for future network systems – policy perspectives from across the Americas and beyond

Moderator: Jeffrey Eisenach, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation

Ajit Pai, Chairman, FCC

09:20 – 09:40

WRC-19 – an update on current preparation and key issues

Carmelo Rivera, Chair for WRC-19 Preparation, CITEL

09:40 – 10:00

Delivering connectivity for future network systems in Brazil

José Gontijo, Deputy ICT Secretary, Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications

10:00 – 10:20

Delivering connectivity for future network systems in Europe

Pearse O'Donohue, Director, Future Networks, European Commission

10:30 – 11:30


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 ATSC3.0 and future services

10:30 – 11:30

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?

Moderator: J. Armand Musey, Valuation and Financial Analysis Expert, Summit Ridge Group, LLC

Donald Stockdale, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
Andy Hudson, Head of Policy, GSMA
Jennifer Manner, Global Spectrum Policy, ESOA
Sergio Bovelli, Manager, Market Access and Regulation, Airbus

10:30 – 11:30

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?

Speakers for this session to be confirmed shortly

Moderator: Brent Skorup, Senior Research Fellow - Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason Universtity

Gerry Waldron, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Jerry Fritz, Executive Vice President for Strategic & Legal Affairs, ONEMedia
Martha Heller, Chief of the Policy Division, Media Bureau, FCC

11:30 – 11:45

Morning Coffee

11:45 – 12:45


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

11:45 – 12:45

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?

Moderator: Jose Albuquerque, Chief, International Bureau Satellite Division, FCC

Mariah Dodson Shuman, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Americas, OneWeb
Charles Miller, Space Tech Entrepreneur
Mindel de la Torre, Chief Regulatory and International Strategy Officer, Omnispace LLC
Gerry Oberst, Senior Vice President, Global Advocacy, SES

11:45 – 12:45

Breakout 2b: The emerging ‘Post incentive auction’ landscape - An update on the repacking process and 5G rollout in the 600MHz band

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 and at the progress that is being made with the roll-out of terrestrial 5G services in the 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?

Moderator: Gary Epstein, Managing Director, 4270E LLC

Chris Wieczorek, Director, Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile
Patrick McFadden, Associate General Counsel, NAB
Hillary DeNigro, Deputy Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force, FCC
Dave Benco, Vice President, US Sales, ERI

12:45 – 13:35



13:35 – 13:55

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

Adam Scott, Director General - Spectrum Policy , ISED Canada

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
- 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?

Moderator: Stephan Sloan, Director, Media Services Group

13:55 – 14:10


Matthew Berry, Chief of Staff to Chairman Pai, FCC

14:10 – 15:05

Panel Discussion

Dennis Roberson, Chair, FCC's Technological Advisory Council (TAC)
Rich Rossi, General Counsel, America Tower Corporation
Alan Tilles, Partner, Shulman Rogers
Paul Vasington, State Public Policy Director, Verizon

15:05 – 15:25

Afternoon Refreshments

15:25 – 16:10

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?

Moderator: Elena Scaramuzzi, Head of Americas Telecom, Media & Digital Economy, Cullen International

15:25 – 16:20

Panel Discussion

Jeff Blum, Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network L.L.C.
Brett Kilbourne, Vice President Policy and General Counsel, Utilities Technology Council
Walter Johnston, Chief of Electronic Compatability Division, OET, FCC
David Rothbaum, Global Business Development Director, Mission Critical and Private Networks, Ericsson

16:20 – 17:25

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?

Moderator: Daniel Leza, Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory, Telecommunication Management Group

16:20 – 17:25

Panel Discussion

Paul Margie, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (representing the 6GHz Coalition)
Ari Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Brian Hendricks, Head of Policy and Government Relations, Nokia Americas
Mark Gibson, Chief Regulatory Officer, Wireless Innovation Forum; Director, Business Development, Comsearch



Tue October 2, 2018 08.30 to
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