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Wednesday 19 September, 2018


09:00 – 10:50

Session 1: Welcome and Keynotes

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome and Introduction

Abayev Dauren Askerbekovich, Minister, Information and Communication, Republic of Kazakhstan
Kirill Oparin, Head of Regional Office, ITU

09:20 – 09:35

Keynote Presentation

Victor Strelets, Member, Radio Regulations Board (RRB)

09:35 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation

09:50 – 10:05

Keynote Presentation

10:05 – 10:50

Fireside chat with keynote speakers: Co-ordination and co-operation on spectrum policy between CIS, Europe and Asia

The CIS region borders both Europe and Asia, and as such, co-ordination between the regions is key to ensure a coherent and efficient spectrum policy and the avoidance of interference in border areas. In addition, the large markets in Europe and Asia can offer significant advantages in terms of economies of scale to countries in the CIS region.

10:50 – 11:10

Morning Coffee

11:10 – 13:00

Session 2: Preparing for WRC-19 - ensuring the best for all users

With WRC-19 now only just over a year away, this session will provide the opportunity to hear from key representatives from within the RCC and CEPT on the work that is being done in the build-up to this. It will look at where there is consensus and where there is likely to be disagreement; and will discuss what needs to be done to ensure common positions that are for the benefit of stakeholders and citizens throughout the regions.

11:10 – 11:25

RCC positions and preparation for WRC

Albert Nalbandian, Chairman, RCC WG on WRC-19

11:25 – 11:40

CEPT positions and preparations for WRC-19

Alexandre Kholod, Vice Chair for WRC-19 Preparation, CEPT

11:40 – 13:00

Panel Discussion: Ensuring a successful outcome at WRC-19 for the benefit of stakeholders and citizens everywhere

Albert Nalbandian, Chairman, RCC WG on WRC-19
Alexandre Kholod, Vice Chair for WRC-19 Preparation, CEPT
Konstantin Savin, Senior Technology Manager, GSMA


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:20

Session 3: Developing roadmpas for future release of spectrum

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.
Dzmitry Korzun, Head of Spectrum, Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus
Vadim Poskakukhin, Co Author of Strategy for 5G, LTE Union

15:20 – 15:40

Afternoon Coffee

15:40 – 17:10

Session 4: Breaking down the digital divide - technologies and solutions

One of the key outcomes of last year’s edition of this conference was that ‘a comprehensive solution for bridging the “digital divide” can be achieved only through the use of different technologies and systems…’. Building on this outcome, this session will explore some of these different technologies that are being considered, and at the mix of different solutions that will help deliver connectivity throughout the hugely varied geographic, social and economic environments across the region.

15:40 – 15:55

Presentation -introduction

15:55 – 16:10

Presentation: mobile broadband

16:10 – 16:25

Presentation -Satellite /small satellite

Timur Kadyrov, Engineer in the Space Services Department (SSD) at the Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

16:25 – 16:40

Presentation: HAPS

16:40 – 17:10

Room wide discussion

Thursday 20 September, 2018


09:00 – 09:20

Opening presentation: Delivering the potential of 5G

09:20 – 09:40

Case Study: Delivering the required spectrum for vertical market in Kazakhstan

09:40 – 10:55

Session 5: A focus on the 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz band - balancing the requirements of all users.

Across most of Europe and Asia, the 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz portion of the C-Band is seen as a pioneer band for 5G, as well as a good option to deliver additional 4G capacity. In some countries across the CIS region however (including Russia), the spectrum in this lower portion of the C-Band is currently being heavily used by satellite, which would cause additional challengers when looking at clearing the band for mobile broadband. This session will look at the future shape of the band in the region, whether it can be cleared for 5G rollout in a similar way to other regions, and at how the requirements of all users in the band can be taken care of.
Vincenzo Lobianco, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer , Agcom
Stanislav Kizima, ITU expert, Russian Federation

10:55 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30

Session 6: 5G in the mmWave bands- what is the likely direction across CIS & CEE countries

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. This session will look at the different approaches that are emerging for the mmWave bands around the world. With many countries in the CIS and CEE regions yet to adopt a formal position in this area, it 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
Ulrich Rehfuess, Head of Spectrum Policy , Nokia
Chris Woolford, Director, International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Session 7: Replanning the Digital Dividend - progress and plans ahead

Work in countries across the region continues on the digital switchover, and the replanning of the 700MHz and 800MHz ‘digital dividend’ bands. This session will look at the current status in different countries, the likely timeframes ahead and the work that is being done to ensure co-ordnation and the protection against interference.

13:30 – 13:45

Presentation: Current situation in countries across the region and an overview of the work

13:45 – 14:00

Lessons learnt in navigating the digital dividend process across NEDDIF countries and challenges ahead for others

14:00 – 14:15

Case Study: Digital broadcasting development and effective use of digital dividend in the Republic of Azerbaijan based on ITU decisions.

Gulam Abdullayev, Chief adviser of the Telecommunication sector, Ministry of Transport, Telecommunication and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

14:15 – 14:30

Presentation: The broadcast perspective.

14:30 – 15:00

Room wide discussion

15:00 – 15:20

Afternoon Coffee and Refreshments

15:20 – 17:10

Session 8: Designing a licence award process to ensure a competitive and sustainable market: options and best practices

Across the CIS region, spectrum licences are typically awarded using the process of a beauty contest or direct award, whilst in CEE countries, a number of countries have gone down the route of using spectrum auctions. This session will look at the pros and cons of these different approaches, and more generally at the best practise in ensuring a spectrum award process that delivers a competitive and sustainable market
Matthew Fried, Senior Manager, , aetha Consulting

15:20 – 15:50

Best practices in spectrum pricing masterclass

Stefan Zehle, CEO, Coleago Consulting

15:50 – 16:05

Case Study: The use of spectrum auctions in Romania

16:05 – 16:20

Case Study: Title tbc

Dzmitry Korzun, Head of Spectrum, Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus

16:20 – 16:35

Case Study: The use of spectrum auctions in Oman

16:35 – 17:10

Room wide discussion