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The latest conference programme is below. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact James Curtin at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 020.


Wednesday 5 September, 2018


09:00 – 09:50

Session 1: Introductions and Keynote Presentations

09:00 – 09:15


Andres Ibarra, Minister of Modernization, Argentina

09:15 – 09:50

Introductions and Keynote Presentation

Moderator: Juan Ignacio Crosta Blanco, Director, BlueNote Management Consulting

Oscar Leon, Executive Secretary, CITEL
Hector Huici, Secretary of Information Technology and Communications, Ministry of Modernization of the Argentine Republic
Silvana Giudici, President, ENACOM
Mario Maniewicz, Deputy Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU

09:50 – 11:30

Session 2: Where are we with preparation for WRC-19 Across the Americas?

Preparation for WRC-19 is well underway in Latin America and all around the world. This session will provide the opportunity to hear from the key representatives responsible for formulating the LatAm positions and shaping preparations. Following an update on the current status of preparations within CITEL, an interactive discussion will focus 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 throughout the region.

Moderator: Juan Ignacio Crosta Blanco, Director, BlueNote Management Consulting

09:50 – 10:05


Mario Fromow, Commissioner, IFT Mexico

10:05 – 11:10

Panel Discussion

Mario Fromow, Commissioner, IFT Mexico
Hector Bude, Chairman, WG for WRC-15 CITEL, Head of Spectrum Management Department, URSEC
Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA
Hazem Moakkit, Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, ESOA
Ricardo Teran, Member ITU RRB, Ministry of Modernization, Argentina

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Coffee

11:30 – 13:45

Session 3: Developing roadmpas for future release of bands across LatAm

One of the key factors that mobile operators will point to when looking at justifying investment in new technologies and networks is the need for regulatory certainty. If regulators and governments are able to provide a good indication of the spectrum that is going to be made available over the next few years and how and when then is going to happen, it is argued that this leads to an environment that encourages investment and ultimately improves consumers services and reduces the prices that they pay. This session will look at the situation in the region with regards to the development and co-ordination of ‘roadmaps’ in this way, and what can be done to improve things going forward.

• What examples of spectrum roadmaps are currently being seen in countries across the region, and what impact are these likely to have in encouraging operators to invest in next generation networks?
• What impact does it have on mobile operators and markets more generally when a plan for future release of spectrum is not readily available or understood?
• What can regulators in those countries that do not yet have a spectrum roadmap in place do to create certainty for operators and help them understand when spectrum will become available?
• What bands should regulators be looking at prioritising when it comes to planning for spectrum release? What is the situation across the region, for example, with the 2500MHz, 3500MHz and other key bands?
• How can it be ensured that spectrum is available for use immediately once it has been auctioned and awarded, and how should the clearing of bands be arranged to achieve this?
• Without a central body co-ordinating release of bands, how should countries work together to have a more coherent plan for the timing of spectrum release?
• How could regional co-ordination in this area work in practice, and what organisations could play a role in delivering this?

Moderator: Andrea Catalano, Editor,

11:30 – 11:40

Presentation: The importance of creating national and regional roadmaps for spectrum release

Lucas Gallitto, Public Policy Director, GSMA

11:40 – 11:50


Francisco Giacomini Soares, Senior Director Government Affairs, Qualcomm

11:50 – 12:00

Case Study: Roadmap for spectrum release in Argentina

Oscar González, Undersecretary of Regulation, Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies, Ministry of Modernization of the Argentine Republic

12:00 – 12:10

Case Study: Roadmap for spectrum release in Ecuador

Ramiro Valencia, Head of Planning Department , ARCOTEL

12:10 – 12:20


Richard Womersley, Director of Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom

12:20 – 12:50

Panel Discussion: Developing roadmaps for spectrum release in the region


12:50 – 13:45


13:45 – 15:15

Session 4: A focus on the 3.3GHz - 4.2 GHz C-Band balancing the requirements of all users

The 3.4GHz - 4.2GHz C-Band spectrum has been identified worldwide as a pioneer band for 5G services. It offers a compromise between the wide coverage of lower frequencies and the higher capacity of millimeter waves, and is seen as an ideal band both for this initial launch of 5G and also to deliver additional 4G capacity. However, in South America (as in many other parts of the world) it is already intensively used for other services, in particular by the satellite industry, where C-band's higher resistance to rain fade makes it crucial in the region for services requiring high availability. It is hugely important for TV distribution across the continent and is also heavily used to provide telecommunication services such as cellular backhaul to support terrestrial mobile deployment in remote areas.
This session will address the optimal allocation of spectrum between these important uses and how this might evolve over time.

• What role will the C-Band play in the roll-out of 5G services in the LatAm region?
• How much C-band spectrum will mobile operators need in the next ten years? To what extent, can other 5G mobile bands, both at lower frequencies and in mmW spectrum substitute for C-band?
• What frequencies are likely to be made available for mobile services in the band across Latin America, and how will they be released?
• How can it be ensured that any realignment of the band can deliver a solution that balances the needs of all users in the band?
• What measures are required to protect and preserve satellite users and other incumbents in the band? How important is C-Band to satellite in the region for the foreseeable future?
• Could the proposed C-Band sharing plan between mobile and satellite in the US be an option in the Latin American region?

13:45 – 14:55

Panel Discussion

Glenn Fallas, Director, Directorate General of Quality and Spectrum, SUTEL
Agostinho Linhares, Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, ANATEL
Hazem Moakkit, Vice President, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat
Celedonio von Wuthenau, GSA CITEL Spectrum Group Member;, Head of Government Relations, LatAm, Nokia

14:55 – 15:15

Afternoon Coffee

15:15 – 17:30

Session 5: 5G in the mmWave bands - what is the likely direction of the Latin Americas region?

The issue of mmWave spectrum for 5G and developing a globally harmonised approach for this is one of the key areas for discussion at WRC19. Alongside these ITU discussions, other countries (including the US and South Korea) are pushing ahead with the rollout of 5G networks in the 28GHz band, which is not included in the candidate bands at WRC. Whilst many countries in the Latin America region are yet to adopt a formal position with regards to mmWave spectrum, the WRC discussions on the horizon and the progress being made in the US and elsewhere means that it is something that is starting to be considered. This session will look at how close the ‘mmWave future’ is in countries across the region, and the likely direction that the region is going to take in this area.

• How important are the mmWave bands for 5G, and how do mobile operators plans to rollout networks and more generally use these bands?
• How close is the ‘mmWave future’ in countries across the Latin Americas region, and when realistically are most likely to look at awarding spectrum in these bands?
• What are the regional views on the mmWave bands to be prioritised for 5G ahead of the WRC-19 meeting next year?
• What is the situation in other countries around the world, and what consensus are starting to emerge?
• What sharing studies have been taking place in mmWave bands and what results have been seen to date?
• Should Latin American countries follow the US approach and concentrate on the 28GHz band or side with the decisions taken at WRC-19?

15:15 – 16:25

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Pierre Blanc, Partner, Aetha Consulting

Jose Ayala, Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America, Ericsson
Alberto Boaventura, Coordinator of Frequency Committee, Projeto 5G Brasil
Rafael Sanchez, Senior Engineer, Regulatory and Competition Department, INDOTEL, Dominican Republic
Olga Madruga-Forti, Chief, Global Strategy & Negotiating Division, FCC
Hazem Moakkit, Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, ESOA

16:25 – 17:30

A focus on... Spectrum management and allocation in Argentina

Speakers from key stakeholder groups in Argentina will discuss some of the current issues relating to the allocation and management of spectrum in the country, followed by a room wide discussion.

Moderator: Carolina Limbatto, Principal Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

16:25 – 16:35


Ariel Fernandez Alvarado, President, CATEL (Chamber of Telecommunications Cooperatives)

16:35 – 16:45


Ariel Grazier, President, CABASE

16:45 – 16:55


Pablo Bressano, President, , CGE Metropolitan
Antonio Roncoroni, President, Fecosur, President, Cotel

16:55 – 17:05

Current spectrum challenges and opportunities in Argentina

Jose Joaquin Hirschson, Coordinator of Technical Affairs, ENACOM

17:05 – 17:30

Room Wide Discussion

17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception

Thursday 6 September, 2018


09:10 – 10:50

Session 6: Spectrum Auctions Awards and Pricing

A recent GSMA report found that operators in the Latin-America region pay 60% more for spectrum than their counterparts in Europe. This session will look at the reasons for these higher costs, and the extent to which they can be justified. Looking at examples of different approaches to spectrum awards that have been seen in the region, it will examine where the best practice lies in this area, and at how regulators can balance the promotion of efficient
spectrum use with that of revenue generation from spectrum awards.

• How is spectrum priced in Latin America and what recent trends in spectrum prices have been seen in the region?
• How do these prices compare to spectrum prices for similar bands in other regions around the world?
• What can the impact be on mobile operators and on consumers if spectrum prices are set at artificially inflated levels?
• To what extent is the scarcity of spectrum availability affecting the prices that are being seen, and how can it be ensured that spectrum is being brought to market in a timely and efficient fashion?
• What do regulators need to be doing to avoid ensure realistic prices for spectrum, and what examples of ‘best practice’ have been seen in this area?
• To what extent should regulators rely on the market to determine spectrum prices and ensure true market value?

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner , Aetha Consulting

09:10 – 09:20

Introduction from the moderator

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner , Aetha Consulting

09:20 – 10:30

Panel Discussion

Mario Fromow, Commissioner, IFT Mexico
Vitor Menezes, Superintendent of Grants and Resources for Provision of Telecommunication Services, ANATEL
Martha Suarez, Director General, ANE
Nestor Bruno, Senior Manager, Strategic Planning Direction, Telecom Argentina
Sebastian Kaplan, Director of Regulatory Affairs LatAm, Millicom

10:30 – 10:50

Thinking Point...Perspectives on spectrum valuation

Greg Attiyeh, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

10:50 – 11:10

Morning Coffee

11:10 – 13:20

Session 7: Approaches to the rollout of 700MHz - maximising benefits and coverage

A key objective for regulators looking to roll-out networks in the 700MHz band is to deliver nationwide coverage and help to tackle the digital divide. This session will look at different approaches that are being seen in the region and elsewhere around the world. Focus will be given to the wholesale approach that is being seen in Mexico, but also to other more conventional models. Ultimately it will look at the best way forward to making the required ‘clean’ spectrum in this key band available in an efficient and timely way.

11:10 – 12:10

Session 7i: Approaches to 700MHz seen across the Latin America Region

11:10 – 11:30

Presentation: Maximising the potential of the 700MHz spectrum macros Central American countries

Allan Ruiz, Executive Secretary, COMTELCA

11:30 – 12:50

Case Study: Rollout of the 700MHz network in Argentina

Hugo Miguel, Undersecretary of Planning, Ministry of Modernization

11:50 – 12:10

Case Study: Rollout of 700MHz network in Peru

Luis Pacheco Zevallos, Supervision and Inspection Manager, OSIPTEL, Peru


12:10 – 13:20

Session 7ii: Focus on...Red Compartida - The wholesale mobile network of Mexico

Earlier this year, Mexico went live with Red Compartida - the first fully wholesale mobile network anywhere in the world. This session will look at some of the challenges faced in delivering on the promises of Red Compartida, and how they were overcome. It will look at the key objectives of the project, the extent to which they are likely to be achieved, and at successful the approach is likely to be successful compared to those seen in other countries.

• What challenges were faced when setting up the Red Compartida network and how were they overcome?
• What lessons have been learnt?
• To what extent will the project meet on its objectives of offering greater coverage and cheaper prices for consumers; and also ensuring a more competitive telecoms landscape in Mexico?
• What will it mean for the efficiency of the available spectrum in the 700MHz band, and how does this compare to expected results in other countries?

Moderator: Jorge Fernando Negrete, Director General, Media Telecom

12:10 – 12:30

An overview of the Red Compartida project and Progress

Fernando Borjón, Director, Promtel, SCT Mexico

12:30 – 13:20

Roundtable discussion

Fernando Borjón, Director, Promtel, SCT Mexico
Andrés Sastre, Regional Director, ASIET
Erica Noda, Investment Officer, IFC

13:20 – 14:20


14:20 – 16:30

Session 8: Connecting the Unconnected: Technologies and Solutions

The previous session focussed on different approaches to the 700MHz band, which is seen throughout the region as a crucial band to help deliver low cost and sustainable connectivity to rural areas. This can only be part of the solution however – a mix of different innovative approaches and technologies is needed to deliver the affordable and efficient rural connectivity that is required. This session will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from policy and industry representatives on the creative solutions that are being explored, and the role that different technologies can play in connecting the unconnected everywhere.

Moderator: Carolina Limbatto, Principal Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

14:20 – 14:40

Utilising innovative technologies and solutions to deliver universal access

Christian O'Flaherty, Regional Development, Internet Society

14:40 – 15:00

Franchise Rural: Delivering broadband services to rural communities

Ana Valero, Director of Regulatory Affairs, LatAm, Telefonica

15:00 – 15:20

Presentation: HAPS

Lester Garcia, LatAm Public Policy Manager, Access and Connectivity, Facebook

15:20 – 15:40

Presentation: Utilising whitespaces to connect the unconnected

Michael Daum, Director, Technology Policy, CELA Privacy and Regulatory Affairs‎, Microsoft

15:40 – 16:00

Presentation: The role of satellite in delivering rural broadband

Gabriela Lago, Director, Regulatory Affairs, OneWeb

16:00 – 16:30

Room Wide Discussion



Wed 5 September, 2018 09.00 to
Thu 6 September, 2018 17.00




La Scala Hotel

Bernardo de Irigoyen 740, C1072AAP CABA, Argentina



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