9th Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 9th Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference will take place in Q4 2024. We will shortly be announcing the venue and confirmed dates. You can sign up for our mailing list using the “Keep Informed” button to keep up to date with announcements.

Across 2 days attendees had the opportunity to be involved in discussions on the key spectrum topics for the Sub Sahara region and beyond, through interactive sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibition area and much more.

The conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series. The world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences. Click on the images on the left to find out more about the series and to view the photos from last year. 

  • Event Day Vlog

    Highlights from the event in Yaoundé in August 2023
  • Global Spectrum Series

    This event takes places as part of the Global Spectrum Series - the world's largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.

Event Day Vlog

Event Photos

Key Themes in 2023

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  • WRC-23

    Final preparation & beyond
  • Key spectrum challenges for 2024 and beyond

  • The upper 6GHz band, the 3.5GHz band, and the future of the 470-694 Mhz band

  • Continuing the path towards 4G, 5G and beyond

  • Best practice in spectrum licencing, awards and pricing

  • Tackling Africa's Digital Divide

  • Direct Device connectivity

  • Maximising the potential of FWA

Event Background

For 8 years, The Sub-Sahara Spectrum Management Conference has provided the leading neutral platform for spectrum stakeholders policy discussion in the region. This event is taking place as part of The Global Spectrum Series.

In 2023, over 300 delegates joined us in Yaoundé, Cameroon – you can find out more about the two days by watching the event day vlog below. 

Global Spectrum Series

The Global Spectrum Series is the world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences. 

2022 Edition

The Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference is now in its 8th year. The 2022 edition welcomed over 600 delegates in -person and virtually. More information on this event and links to catch up sessions can be found below. 

Organisers & Partners

Organised by

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Hosted by

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Supported by

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Organised by

Forum Global (1)

Platinum Partners

Amazon
Coleago
Ericsson
GSA
GSMA 2022
GSOA
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Intelsat
Nokia New 2023
Qualcomm
Access Partnership
Coleago
DSA
Ericsson
GSMA 2022
GSOA
Huawei new 2023
Intelsat
Lynk
Meta
Nokia New 2023
Qualcomm
Secretariat
SES 2021 v1
SpaceX

Gold Partners

BNE-wp
Cullen
Ls telcom
ZTE

Silver Partners

Shure

Knowledge Partners

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NERA logo 2024

Last Year's Speakers Included

René Emmanuel Sadi

René Emmanuel Sadi

Minister of Communication Cameroon

Ilham Ghazi

Ilham Ghazi

Head, Broadcasting Services Division
ITU

Kezias MWALE 5 (2)

Kezias Mwale

Technical Coordinator African
Telecommunications Union (ATU)

Zourmba Aboubakar 240

Zourmba Aboubakar

Deputy General Manager
Telecommunications Regulatory Board, Cameroon

Abraham Oshadami 240

Abraham Oshadami

Director of Spectrum Administration Department
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Basebi

Basebi Moisinyi

Vice-Chairperson at ATU WG4B-Satellite Issues & Deputy Director, Spectrum Management
BOCRA

Eiman Mohyeldin 240

Eiman Mohyeldin

Head of Spectrum Standardization
Nokia

Shreyas Ravi 240

Shreyas Ravi

Associate Director
Secretariat Economists

Wako Gababo

Gababo Wako

Spectrum Manager
CA Kenya

Jean Jacques Massima 240

Jean-Jacques Massima

Representative for Central Africa and Madagascar
ITU

Elizabeth Migwalla

Elizabeth Migwalla

Vice President International Government Affairs
Qualcomm

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Joe Frans

AUB Expert
Broadcast Networks Europe

Elena Scaramuzzi

Elena Scaramuzzi

Head of Global Research
Cullen International

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Daniel Obam

Special Advisor, Africa Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Huawei

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Victor Kweka

RF Spectrum Management Engineer
Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority

Scott McKenzie 240

Scott McKenzie

Director
Coleago Consulting

El Hadjar Abdouramane 240

El Hadjar Abdouramane

Chairman
ATU Working Group on Fixed and Mobile Services for WRC-23

Stephane M. Ekome 240

Stephane Mebaley Ekome

Senior Engineer, Spectrum Management and Development EMEA
SES

Nada Abdelhafez 240

Nada Abdelhafez

Head of Spectrum & Regulatory Affairs for Middle East and Africa
Shure

Fargani Tambeayuk 240

Fargani Tambeayuk

Head of Connectivity Policy, SSA
Meta

Agenda

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Day 1
2023-08-03
Day 2
2023-08-04
09:00 - 09:50
Keynote Presentations
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Minette Libom Li Likeng
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cameroon
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Kezias Mwale
Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU
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Ilham Ghazi
Head of the Broadcasting Services Division, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
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Luc Messi Atangana
Mayor of Yaoundé
09:50 - 11:10
Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges

ATU’s final preparatory meeting for WRC-23 will take place the week after this conference, providing the final opportunity to set common regional positions for the African region across the key agenda items. Ahead of this crucial final meeting, this session will hear from key policymakers and industry leaders who are directly involved in the discussions on the challenges that they see as still remaining, their hopes and aims for WRC-23, and what in their opinion needs to be done in order to ensure that a positive outcome is delivered from the conference for the benefit of African citizens everywhere.
 

  • What common ATU positions have now been agreed on the key agenda items for WRC-23?
  • What were the key outcomes and conclusions from CPM and what perspectives and positions have emerged from other regions?
  • What challenges still remain to be overcome, and what will be the key focus of discussion at the regional preparatory meeting (APM23-4) next week?
  • What are the opinions of different stakeholder groups and sub-regional groups on the positions that have emerged? How can the African delegation now come together to ensure that the key regional objectives from WRC-23 are achieved?
  • With WRC-23 also planning to see the setting of future agenda items to be discussed at WRC-27, what should be the priorities here, and what will likely be the next ‘wave’ of bands and issues to be focussed on?
  • Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    Moderator: Ahmed Boraud
    Head of Department, ARCEP Niger & Chair, ECOWAS
    Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    El Hadjar Abdouramane
    Chairman, ATU Working Group on Fixed and Mobile Services for WRC-23
    Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    Victor Kweka
    RF Spectrum Management Engineer, Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority
    Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    Daniel Obam
    Special Advisor, Africa Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Huawei
    Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    Kamal Tamawa
    Director of Public Policy, SSA, GSMA
    Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    Stephane Mebaley Ekome
    Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, GSOA
    Session 1: Final Preparation for WRC-23 – Finalising regional positions and overcoming the remaining challenges image
    Martha Suarez
    President, DSA
    The response from other regional groups

    Key policymakers involved with the preparation for WRC-23 in other regions will listen in to the panel discussion above and give their own key takeaways and thoughts.

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    Karim Hassine
    Representative, ASMG
    11:10 - 11:40
    Morning Break
    11:40 - 12:45
    Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa

    The issue of the future use of the 470-694 MHz UHF band is seen as one of the most difficult and challenging agenda items to be discussed at WRC-23. No provisional regional position has yet been agreed by ATU members, and next week’s CPM23-4 is set to be crucial in setting the future shape of the band. With positions across the rest of region 1 split, with Europe advocating ‘no change’ and a continuation of priority for terrestrial broadcast in the band, and the Arab Region favouring a co-primary mobile allocation in the band, the final decision from Africa could be critical in the overall direction of discussions at WRC-23. Against this backdrop, this session will hear from key stakeholders on their vision on the future of the band, and discuss the best way forward to maximise value for stakeholders throughout Africa.
     

  • What is the current status of discussions on the 470-694MHz band in Africa as we head into next week’s crucial CPM23-4 meeting?
  • What positions are being seen elsewhere in region 1?
  • What are the key arguments being put forward by key industry stakeholders such as IMT, broadcast and PMSE?
  • What would be the impact for these sectors if the decision at WRC-23 goes against them?
  • What are the challenges associated with coexistence of DTT and PMSE users with mobile industry in the band?
  • To what extent could emerging new technologies and standards have the potential to help to make sharing of this kind a possibility either now or in the future?
  • Where does the balance lie between the delivery of a coordinated approach and taking account of national differences? How important is it that a harmonised decision on the future of the band is reached both across Africa and the rest of region 1?
  • Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa image
    Moderator: Zourmba Aboubakar
    Deputy General Manager, Telecommunications Regulatory Board, Cameroon
    Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa image
    Basebi J.Mosinyi
    Vice-Chairperson at ATU WG4B-Satellite Issues and Deputy Director, Spectrum Management, BOCRA
    Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa image
    Eiman Mohyeldin
    Global Head of Spectrum Standardization, Nokia
    Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa image
    Joe Frans
    AUB Expert, Broadcast Networks Europe
    Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa image
    Nada Abdelhafez
    Head of Spectrum & Regulatory Affairs for Middle East and Africa, Shure
    Session 2: The future of the 470-694 MHz band – maximising the socio-economic value for Africa image
    Bashir Gwandu
    Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, National Agency for Science & Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)
    12:45 - 13:40
    Lunch
    13:40 - 14:45
    Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum

    Discussions are still continuing at pace on the future use of the upper 6GHz band and on whether mobile should be given co-primary status in the band or whether it should be made available on an unlicenced basis. A number of very different perspectives are being seen in different countries across region 1, and votes from African nations are set to play a big part in the decision on the future of the band that will be taken at WRC-23. Ahead of the crucial final regional preparatory meeting for WRC-23 which will take place next week, this session will look at the respective positions that are being taken by both the IMT and unlicenced communities on the best future use of the band, at the status across regulators and countries in the region, and at the best approach for the use of this vital spectrum to ensure that its value is maximised for the citizens of Africa.
     

  • What positions are emerging for the use of the 6GHz band in countries across Africa? How can its socio-economic benefits be best maximised across both developed and developing countries?
  • What are the positions in other parts of region 1 and globally?
  • How important is it that a harmonised approach is achieved? Given the different positions that are being seen, to what extent is it likely that this can be achieved across Africa, region 1 and globally?
  • What are the main points being made by the IMT and WiFi communities on why their position offers the best socio-economic value for the use of the band?
  • What would be the impact for the development of IMT and WiFi if the technologies are not able to access the spectrum that they hope for in the upper 6GHz band?
  • Is there a solution that would ensure that sufficient spectrum in the band is available for both WiFi and IMT users?
  • Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum image
    Moderator: Ilham Ghazi
    Head, Broadcasting Services Division, ITU
    Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum image
    Tabi Elias Mbi
    Director of Frequency Management, Telecommunications Regulatory Board, Cameroon
    Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum image
    Richard Makgothlo
    Radio Frequency Specialist, ICASA
    Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum image
    Ndukayo Zamba Leonel
    Assistant Director, Frequency Spectrum Management, National Communications Authority, South Sudan
    Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum image
    Shiv Bakhshi
    Vice President, Industry Relations, Ericsson
    Session 3: Decision time on the upper 6GHz band – maximising the benefit of this high value spectrum image
    Fargani Tambeayuk
    Head of Connectivity Policy, Meta
    14:45 - 15:50
    Session 4: Maximising efficiency and balancing different needs in the 3.5GHz spectrum

    Spectrum in the 3.5GHz C-band has been hotly contested by mobile and satellite users for many years – it first appeared as an item on the WRC agenda at WRC-03. 20 years down the line, discussions on the suitable balance to meet the needs of both IMT and satellite users in the band are again on the agenda for WRC-23. The 3.4GHz-3.6GHz portion of the band is already allocated to mobile on a primary basis across Africa, and it is the future of the 3.3GHz-3.4GHz and the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz portions is now due to be discussed in detail this time around. The open issue for the ATU region is whether to allow IMT in the entire 3.6-3.8 GHz range or to limit it to the 3.6-3.7GHz portion only. This session will hear from proponents advocating both of these different approaches, and more broadly look at the best way forward to deliver the maximum socio-economic value for Africa across these key frequencies.

    • How does the situation in the C-band across Africa compare with that currently seen in other regions around the world?
    • What options for the future of the C-band were put forward at CPM as part of AI1.3, and what would be the best approach for Africa? To what extent is there an argument for building in flexibility via footnotes to enable administrations to select the most appropriate approach for them?
    • Should African countries identify for IMT in the Radio Regulations the whole 3600-3800 MHz, or only the 3600-3700 MHz?
    • Can a solution be found that provides the flexibility that is needed to deliver both the required connectivity for 5G and also the regulatory certainty that satellite operators need to safeguard their continued services in the band?
    Session 4: Maximising efficiency and balancing different needs in the 3.5GHz spectrum image
    Moderator: Jonathan Wall
    Manager, Aetha Consulting
    Session 4: Maximising efficiency and balancing different needs in the 3.5GHz spectrum image
    Basebi J.Mosinyi
    Vice-Chairperson at ATU WG4B-Satellite Issues and Deputy Director, Spectrum Management, BOCRA
    Session 4: Maximising efficiency and balancing different needs in the 3.5GHz spectrum image
    Arthur Gnonsou
    Radio Frequency Manager, ARCEP Benin
    Session 4: Maximising efficiency and balancing different needs in the 3.5GHz spectrum image
    Mohaned Juwad
    Director Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
    Session 4: Maximising efficiency and balancing different needs in the 3.5GHz spectrum image
    Cesar Gutierrez Miguelez
    Head of Africa Regulatory Policy, Huawei, On behalf of Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia
    15:50 - 16:10
    Afternoon Break
    16:10 - 17:45
    Session 5: Utilising spectrum for Digitalisation beyond 2024 – licencing and delivering the required bandwidth to meet key regional goals

    WRC-23 and on the key bands and agenda items for the region that will be discussed there. This session will provide the opportunity to look further forward, and explore the key challenges and objectives that lie ahead for spectrum managers in 2024 and beyond once the dust settles from WRC-23. It will look at the best way forward to licence, award and utilise spectrum to ensure that maximum value can be achieved and to contribute to the deliver of a competitive and innovative market. Panellists will discuss the best way forward to ensure that the required bandwidth is available to power the continent’s continual rapid growth and innovation, and to deliver the sustainable, wide-reaching and reliable connectivity that is vital in order for this to be achieved.
     

  • What should be the key long-term spectrum management policy and planning priorities for spectrum managers in Africa?
  • How can it be ensured that the required bandwidth is available to power the continent’s continual rapid growth and innovation, and to deliver the sustainable, wide-reaching and reliable connectivity that is vital in order for this to be achieved?
  • How can regulators ensure that spectrum is brought to market as quickly and efficiently as possible, and that award mechanisms are designed to achieve a successful outcome and deliver on the goal of a competitive and innovative market?
  • What will be the key challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome as we move into 2024 and beyond?
  • How important is it that a co-ordinated approach to spectrum management is achieved? How can the needs of all countries and regions across the continent be taken into account when developing this?