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Monday 25 March, 2019


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00 – 09:55

Session 1: Welcome and Keynote Presentations

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome Address

09:10 – 09:25

Key spectrum priorities for Africa – the view from ATU

09:25 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation

09:40 – 09:55

Keynote Presentation

09:55 – 11:10

Session 2: Ensuring a shared voice for Africa at WRC-19

In the previous two WRC meetings, Africa has been hugely influential and instrumental in driving the global harmonization agenda. With WRC-19 now only a few months away and the various regional perspectives starting to be finalised, it is essential that Africa develops a single, shared voice on the agenda items that matter the most for the region to ensure that this influence is once again as strong. This session will look at the current status and thinking in the region with regards to these key agenda items, and at how a co-ordinated and strong voice for the region can be ensured.

09:55 – 10:10

Regional Preparation for WRC-19 in Africa – current status and thinking

10:10 – 10:40

State your case…

10:40 – 11:10

Room wide discussion – Ensuring a shared voice for Africa at WRC-19

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Refreshments

11:30 – 16:00

Session 3: Bringing the required spectrum to the market

One of the key factors that mobile operators point to when looking at justifying investment in new technologies and networks is the need for regulatory certainty on the spectrum that is going to be made available to them. For this to be achieved, there is a need for countries to i). have a defined strategy and targets for the spectrum that they plan to release and for delivering connectivity more generally; and ii). ensure that once spectrum has been allocated for IMT, it is then awarded and brought to market as quickly and as possible and at a fair price. The next 2 sessions will address these two challenges, and at the best way forward for regulators.

11:30 – 12:40

Session 3i: Planning ahead - Best practice in developing national roadmaps for spectrum release and national broadband plans

Planning ahead is key in order for countries to fully achieve the economic and social benefits of the digital economy and deliver an environment that encourages investment and ultimately improves consumers services. Most countries in the Sub-Sahara region now have national broadband plans and strategies in place, although the degree to which these provide explicit implementation plans, these vary considerably. And far fewer however actually have a defined roadmap for their planned future release of spectrum and their priorities in that area. Addressing both these areas, this session will examine the current situation in the region and the importance of setting defined targets and then having a predictable and co-ordinated strategy for future spectrum release in order to meet these.


12:40 – 13:40


13:40 – 15:15

Session 3ii: Accelerating deployment in bands allocated for IMT – ensuring a quick, fair and efficient award process

Once spectrum in a specific band has been assigned for mobile use, the next challenge is to then allocate the bandwidth and deploy services as quickly, efficiently and fairly as possible. Unfortunately however, there are often delays in the process of clearing bands and awarding the spectrum. And when it does come to market, operators have argued that prices are being driven up partly due to policy decisions taken by governments, and that this is leading to reduced network investment and higher prices for consumers. This session will look at the factors that are often causing delays in the clearing and allocation of this spectrum, and at best practice in pricing and award.

13:40 – 13:55

Introductory Presentation

13:55 – 14:10

Presentation – Best practice in spectrum pricing

14:10 – 14:25


14:25 – 14:40


14:40 – 15:15

Q&A discussion

15:15 – 16:00

Session 3iii: A ‘360 Degree’ Case Study – The award of the 700 MHz band in Tanzania

Tanzania recently held its first ever spectrum auction, allocating spectrum bandwidth in the 700MHz band, and raising $20 million in the process. This session will offer a unique ‘360 degree’ case study of the auction and award process, with perspectives from the regulator responsible for the auction; the experts advising on design and strategy; and an operator who took part and was successful in securing spectrum.

16:00 – 16:20

Afternoon refreshments

16:20 – 17:30

Thinking Point…Delivering the required connectivity for co-ordinated, reliable and efficient PPDR Networks across the region

In the Sub-Sahara region and across the rest of the world, regulators and Governments are exploring different models and options to provide the spectrum to deliver reliable and efficient PPDR networks. This session will look at some of the approaches that are being taken both within the region and beyond, and at the bands that are being used and that are being considered for the future.

16:20 – 16:35

Presentation – Addressing the spectrum requirements for PPDR

16:35 – 16:50

Presentation – Approach to the delivery of PPDR Networks in South Africa

16:50 – 17:05

Presentation – Approach to the delivery of PPDR Networks in South Africa

17:05 – 17:30

Room wide discussion

Tuesday 26 March, 2019


09:30 – 11:00

Session 5: Charting Africa’s journey to 5G

5G has the potential to enable a long-term digital transformation and contribute to the emergence of smart societies across Africa. If harnessed in the right way, the capacity, speed and reliable connections that it can provide could be crucial in the aim of realizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and really make a difference in key sectors such as healthcare and education. But for this potential to be reached, there needs to be a concrete and deliberate plan in place that takes into account the needs of all users throughout the region. This session will look at the unique challenges and opportunities that 5G offers to the developing economies of the Sub-Sahara region, and how to best chart the journey ahead to maximise the benefits that it can bring in both developed and developing regions.

09:30 – 09:45

The 5G Journey ahead

09:45 – 11:00

Panel Discussion

11:00 – 11:20

Morning Refreshments

11:20 – 12:30

Session 6: Focus on…C-Band

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 millimetre waves, and is seen as an ideal band both for this initial launch of 5G and also to deliver additional 4G capacity. However, in Africa, 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 as well as for aviation safety. This session will address the optimal allocation of spectrum between these important uses and how this might evolve over time.


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:50

Session 7: Bridging the Technology Divide

At last year’s conference, delegates identified two technology gaps that they felt it was critical that African countries need to bridge – the rural-urban divide within the continent; and the gap between the continent as a whole and the developed world. This afternoon’s session will look at these key areas – first of all by focussing on the different approaches that provide options to increase connectivity in rural areas, and then by looking at the ‘bigger picture’ of how Africa can start to close the gap that exists compared to connectivity in developed regions around the world.

13:30 – 14:50

Session 7i: Connecting the Unconnected – understanding and meeting the connectivity needs of rural communities

A comprehensive solution for bridging the “digital divide” cannot simply be delivered through a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. There is a need for Government and regulators to gain a deep understanding of the very different connectivity needs of diverse communities on the continent, and then look to focus resources and utilise a range of different connectivity solutions and technologies to deliver on these. This session will explore how this can be achieved.

13:30 – 13:45

Understanding the connectivity needs of rural communities – a consumer perspective

13:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 14:30


14:30 – 14:50

Room-Wide Discussion

14:50 – 15:10

Afternoon Coffee and Refreshments

15:10 – 15:15

Session 8: The bigger picture – closing the technology gap between Africa and developed regions around the world

Following a high-level scene-setting presentation, attendees will be provided with several key questions on this key topic, and invited to discuss these and brain-storm in smaller groups. An open, room-wide discussion will be held, where representatives from these groups will be invited to provide details on the conversations that they have had. A panel of experts will also be on hand to give their thoughts and provide input.

15:10 – 15:25

Setting the Scene – a thought provoking presentation

15:25 – 16:15

Group-discussion around tables

16:15 – 17:10

Room-wide Discussion



Mon 25 March, 2019 09.00 to
Tue 26 March, 2019 17.00




Gaborone, Botswana



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