Event Overview

The Sub Sahara Spectrum Management Conference took place virtually from July 20 – 22. 

The conference provided a platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

Attendees had the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, technology demonstrations, a virtual exhibition area and much, much more…

The conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series – the world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy events.

Key Themes

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Making Spectrum work for Africa – Tackling the global and regional digital divides and bringing the required spectrum to market.

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Building up to WRC-23: A focus on key bands and issues – The UHF band, the emerging shape of the 3.3-4.2GHz C-Band and the future of the 6GHz band.

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Looking Ahead – The path towards 5G and harnessing emerging technologies to build Africa’s digital future.

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Global
www.forum-global.com
Forum Global specializes in policy focused conferences and events, providing a platform for discussion and debate on topical issues across a variety of different sectors. These events are organized with clients and partners and aim to progress ideas and actions on important issues, all within a balanced and neutral setting. Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which was founded by Giles Merritt, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and is widely recognized as the leading EU dedicated event provider. Headed by a team of events specialists with over 19 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
Conference Partners
Analysys Mason
www.analysysmason.com
Analysys Mason is a global specialist in telecoms, media and technology (TMT). Since its formation, Analysys Mason has been instrumental in shaping spectrum policy around the world through our wide-ranging studies helping regulators and operators to develop spectrum strategy, efficiently manage spectrum, formulate spectrum licence conditions, value spectrum and prepare for spectrum awards.With offices in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas, the Middle East and Africa we are respected worldwide for our exceptional quality of work, independence and flexibility in responding to client needs. For over 25 years we have been helping clients in more than 100 countries to maximise their opportunities.
Event Partner
BNE
www.broadcast-networks.eu
Broadcast Networks Europe is dedicated to maintaining an efficient and fair regulatory and operational environment for Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators with a view to ensuring European citizens continue having universal access to a broad range of TV and radio programs and content as well as other over-the-air services.
Event Partner
Coleago Consulting
www.coleago.co.uk
Coleago profile for conference website Founded in 2001, Coleago is a specialist telecoms management consulting firm. Our expertise has been developed exclusively within the telecoms sector and delivers a rare combination of telecoms-related commercial and technical skills and experience. Since 2001 we have worked on over 110 spectrum related projects in developed and emerging markets. Since 2017 our spectrum projects included the transition to 5G, including valuating spectrum most relevant for 5G such as 600MHz, 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and mm wave. We advise regulators on spectrum policy, spectrum roadmap, spectrum pricing, spectrum auctions and capacity building on the topic best practice in spectrum auctions. For mobile operators Coleago delivers regulatory advocacy and responses to consultation, spectrum valuation, bid strategy development and live auction support. Coleago also authored complete bid books for spectrum licence awards by means of a beauty contest. For further information, please visit www.coleago.com
Event Partner
Ericsson
www.ericsson.com
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards. Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society. We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.
Event Partner
ESOA
www.esoa.net
ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.
Facebook
Event Partner
www.facebook.com
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Event Partner
GSA
www.gsacom.com
GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) is a not-for-profit industry organisation representing companies across the worldwide mobile ecosystem engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. GSA actively promotes the 3GPP technology road-map – 3G; 4G; 5G, – and is a single source of information resource for industry reports and market intelligence. GSA Members drive the GSA agenda and define the communications and development strategy for the Association. The GSA Spectrum Group develops strategies and plans, and contributes studies and technical analysis to international, regional and individual country policy-makers and regulators to facilitate the timely availability of spectrum for use by mobile network operators.
Event Partner
GSMA
www.gsma.com
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Event Partner
Huawei
www.huawei.com
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.
Conference Partners
Intelsat
https://www.intelsat.com/
Microsoft
Event Partner
www.microsoft.com
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Nokia
Event Partner
www.nokia.com
Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.
OneWeb
Event Partner
https://www.oneweb.world/
Qualcomm
Event Partner
www.qualcomm.com
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G. When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly
Viasat
Event Partner
www.viasat.com
Viasat is the global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat innovations have helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments, and militaries around the world communicate — even in the hardest-to-reach places.
Knowledge partner
Aetha
www.aethaconsulting,com
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend.We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
Knowledge Partner
NERA
www.nera.com
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Supported by

ATU
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Speakers include:

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Mario Maniewicz

Director BR
ITU

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John Omo

Secretary General
ATU

Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo

Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo

Acting Executive Director
UCC

Ronel le Grange

Ronel le Grange

Head of Electronic Communications
CRAN

Kezias Mwale

Kezias Mwale

Radiocommunications Coordinator
ATU

Steve Spengler

Stephen Spengler

Chairman
ESOA

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Elizabeth Migwalla

Senior Director of Government Affairs for MEA
Qualcomm​

Kamal Tamawa

Kamal Tamawa

Public Policy Director, SSA
GSMA

Jean-Pierre Faisan

Jean-Pierre Faisan

Vice Chairman
BNE

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Cesar Gutierrez Miguelez

Representative
GSA

Shiv Bakhshi

Shiv K. Bakhshi,

Vice President, Industry Relations
Ericsson

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Richard Makgotlho

Radiocommunications Specialist
ICASA

Usman Aliyu

Usman Aliyu

Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 1B
ATU

Hilario Tamele

Hilario Tamele

Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 2,
ATU ​

Mostafa Mousa

Mostafa Mousa

Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 4A
ATU

Agenda

All times listed below are in Central Africa Time Zone (UTC + 2)

Day 1
2021-07-20
Day 2
2021-07-21
Day 3
2021-07-22
10:45 - 11:15
Welcome Ceremony
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Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
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John Omo
Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
11:15 - 12:45
Session 1: Setting the scene – Making spectrum work for Africa

To help set the scene for the event and help identify some concrete aims and objectives, this opening session will hear from influential policy voices on what they see as the key spectrum challenges for the region and give them an opportunity to provide messages and challenges to industry speakers and stakeholders on what they would like to see from them. There will then be a chance for industry to respond, and some concrete targets and objectives for the event will be set.

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Moderator: Kezias Mwale
Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU
Opening thoughts from key policy voices

5 minutes each from 3 policymakers. Pre-recorded and seen by industry representatives in advance

– What do you see as the key spectrum challenges for the region?
– What would be your one key message for industry?
– What do you hope to get out of this conference?

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Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji
Representative for the Central African Zone and Madagascar, ITU
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Tom Olwero
Director, Frequency Spectrum Management, CA Kenya
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Edmund Fianko
Deputy Director, Engineering, National Communications Authority of Ghana
The response from industry
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Stephen Spengler
Chairman, ESOA
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Eiman Mohyeldin
Senior Specialist, Standardization, Regulatory and Spectrum, Nokia
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Martha Suarez
President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
Panel discussion
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Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji
Representative for the Central African Zone and Madagascar, ITU
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Tom Olwero
Director, Frequency Spectrum Management, CA Kenya
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Edmund Fianko
Deputy Director, Engineering, National Communications Authority of Ghana
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Steve Jones
Global Spectrum & Regulatory Policy, ESOA
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Eiman Mohyeldin
Senior Specialist, Standardization, Regulatory and Spectrum, Nokia
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Martha Suarez
President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
12:45 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:15
Session 2: Tackling global and regional digital divides – bringing the benefits of digital transformation to Africa

The pandemic has shone a light on the importance of connectivity, and highlighted the inequalities between the digital ‘haves’ and the digital ‘have nots’ across the Sub-Sahara region. The huge increase in home-working, home-schooling and simply the need to remain connected in order to keep in touch has really brought home the huge the importance to citizens everywhere of having affordable and reliable connectivity available in their home. And as we move towards a digital recovery, this importance is only going to grow. Each community and home in the region without connectivity leads to the potential of more citizens being left behind as Africa looks to embrace digitalisation. Given the legacy challenge of very little fixed infrastructure that is seen in Africa, there is a need to be creative with solutions to deliver the broadband penetration that is required in order to tackle this challenge. This session will explore the potential offered by different technologies such as fixed wireless access, advanced satellite broadband and more, and the work that is being done across the region to deliver connectivity and enable a digital future for Africa’s citizens everywhere.

 

  • What can be done to tackle the two digital divides that currently exist for Africa – globally between Sub-Sahara and other regions in the world; and regionally between the digital ‘haves’ and the digital ‘have nots’ across the continent?
  • What specific challenges are faced when looking at connecting the unconnected in African countries, particularly relating to issues such as the relative shortage of fixed infrastructure, and the geographical scale of the areas that is being covered?
  • How can the legacy challenges of a lack of fixed or wired infrastructure across many areas be overcome?
  • What impact can fixed wireless access, satellite broadband and other key technologies have on connecting underserved communities and homes, and on increasing broadband penetration?
  • What network requirements are necessary, and what funding options exist to deliver the required investment to roll these out?
  • What are the spectrum requirements, and how can it be ensured that access to the necessary bandwidth is available?
  • How can it be ensured that connectivity is provided in an affordable and secure manner, and that the needs of businesses and consumers in unconnected communities are both understood and met?
  • To what extent can the goal of universal access across Africa be a reality, and what timeframe is realistic for this to be achieved?
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Moderator: Bashir Gwandu
Spectrum Expert
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Shiv K. Bakhshi
Vice President, Industry Relations, Ericsson
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Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo
Acting Executive Director, UCC
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Peng Zhao
Government Affairs and Policy, OneWeb
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Luke Bathopi
Director, Technical Services, BOCRA
15:15 - 16:00
Showcase Session 1
Showcase Stage 1: 5G Spectrum and Local Industry Networks – Hosted by Ericsson

Presentations and panel discussion with Zoran Lazarevic, Chief Technology Officer, Middle East & Africa,  Ericsson, Kenneth Wallstedt, Director, Technology Strategy Key Customers, Ericsson, Shiletsi Makhofane, Head of Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson & Shiv Bakhshi, Vice President, Industry Relations, Ericsson.

Showcase Stage 2: The Importance and Socioeconomic Benefits of Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 for Africa – Hosted by Microsoft & DSA

Presentations and panel discussion with Jeffrey Yan, Microsoft, Prof. Raul Katz, Telecom Advisory Services, Alan Ramírez García, MTC Peru, Majed Alkhouly, CITC Saudi Arabia & Glenn Fallas, SUTEL Costa Rica and Martha Suarez, President, DSA.

16:30 - 17:30
Session 3: Tackling Africa’s Backhaul Challenges

Backhaul for mobile base stations is an essential element to provide cellular services. Wireless point- to-point backhaul is the most frequently used solution for this across Africa, with both satellite and microwave links being used extensively. Both fields have seen significant technological advancements over recent years – satellite backhaul has become a far more economically viable solution, whilst the introduction of LTE advanced and 5G has increased the capacity potential of microwave links significantly. This session will look at the mix of different technologies that will be required in order to meet backhaul requirements in different scenarios across the region. It will look at different spectrum requirements, and at the importance of ensuring that suitable bands are made available with an appropriate regulatory regime and reasonable price in order to facilitate the deployment of these access technologies.

  • What are the challenges of backhaul in Africa and how can these be overcome?
  • What new and emerging technologies are helping to progress the wireless point-to-point backhaul industry, and what trends are being seen across the region?
  • What fixed services bands are being used for microwave backhaul services today, and what bands will be used in the future?
  • What role can E-band spectrum play in delivering LTE and 5G services, and what should the appropriate regulatory regime and spectrum fees for E- band?
  • What is the current extent of satellite and microwave backhaul across the continent, and what is the future for both in the age of 5G?
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Moderator: Philippe Defraigne
Founding Director, Cullen International
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Joseph Emeshili
Engineer, NCC Nigeria
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Renato Lombardi
Chair, mWT, ETSI
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Gerry Collins
Director, Product Management, Mobile Networks Satellite, Intelsat
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Mayur Bhatt
Head of Transmission Planning, Airtel Africa
10:30 - 10:50
Setting the scene – updates and key focusses of WRC-23 preparation in the region
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Kezias Mwale
Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU
10:50 - 12:00
Session 4: The future of the UHF band – what potential for increased collaboration and coexistence between broadcast and mobile services?

Whilst the digital switchover and clearing process in the 700MHz band continues in countries across the Sub Sahara region, WRC-23 is going to also increase attention on the 470 – 694 MHz band. Agenda item 1.5 will study the feasibility of sharing and compatibility between broadcast and mobile services in the band, as well as conducting a broader review into the spectrum use and needs of existing services across the entire 470-960 MHz range. This session will look at the future ecosystem across the whole UHF band, and with a number of new technologies and standards emerging, examine the extent to which this may increase the potential for sharing between mobile and broadcast services. It will also explore some of the positions that are starting to emerge in the sub-700MHz band across the Sub-Sahara and elsewhere in Region 1. Where does the balance lie in meeting the needs of broadcast, PMSE, IMT and other key users within the UHF band?

 

  • What is the current state of play with regards to digital migration and the re-assignment of the 700MHz band across the region?
  • How much UHF spectrum is required by different services (for example broadcasters, mobile, PMSE) in the medium and longer term? How can the needs of all users in the band best be balanced?
  • What work is being done ahead of WRC-23 to study options for coexistence and sharing between mobile and broadcast users in the UHF frequencies? To what extent is this a possibility?
  • What sensitivities exist in this area, and what safeguards would need to be put in place to protect vital broadcasting services?
  • What examples of increased collaboration between mobile and broadcasters are being seen and could the emergence of 5G and more advanced technologies help facilitate new business models and closer co-ordination between the sectors?
  • What work is being done to study the positions across the region in the sub-700MHz frequencies, and what is the likely long-term future there?
  • With many countries still working to complete the digital switchover in the 700MHz band, should the focus at this stage be on this task, or is there an argument to also start exploring options in the 600MHz band at the same time?
  • What impact would a further reduction of UHF band spectrum for terrestrial television broadcasting have on countries across the region, and how can the needs of broadcasters, PPDR and other key users of UHF spectrum be safeguarded?
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Moderator: Cameron Currin
Manager, Aetha Consulting
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Ross Bateson
Special Advisor, GSMA
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Ronel le Grange
Head of Electronic Communications, CRAN
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Jean-Pierre Faisan
Head of the Communications Working Group, Broadcast Networks Europe
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Victor Kweka
Senior Engineer, Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority and Chairman, SADC WRC-23 Preparations
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Bashir Gwandu
Spectrum Expert
12:00 - 12:45
Showcase Session 2
Showcase Stage 1: Study on satellite usage in the C-band in Africa – Hosted by Huawei

Live presentation and Q&A with Roy Blatch, Consultant, The Systems House and Hongjie Yang, Marketing Director, Huawei Technologies.

Showcase Stage 3: IMT identification for the 6 GHz band: Closing the digital divide in Africa – Hosted by Coleago Consulting

Presentation and Q&A from Stefan Zehle, CEO & Co-Founder, Coleago Consulting.

12:45 - 13:20
Lunch
13:20 - 13:40
Thinking Point – Balancing the needs of 5G and other key users in upper mid-band frequencies
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Stefan Zehle
CEO, Coleago
13:40 - 14:50
Session 5: The emerging shape of the 3.3 – 4.2 GHz C-band – how important is a harmonised approach?

The 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz portion of the C-band has been allocated to mobile on a primary basis across Africa and many other regions of the world. The future of the 3.3GHz – 3.4GHz and the 3.6GHz – 3.8 GHz portions of the band are however still hotly contested, and due to be discussed in detail at WRC-23. With C-band frequencies across the band being used as the basis for the first implementations of 5G globally, regulators and policymakers are faced with the task of delivering the required spectrum for this, whilst also safeguarding the vital needs of incumbent satellite users. This session will look at the different approaches being seen across different regions, and explore the importance of delivering a harmonised approach. Bringing the focus back to Africa, it will look at the long-term future of the band here, and the best way to balance the requirements of all key users.

 

  • What is the current situation regarding the award of spectrum in the 3.3GHz – 4.2GHz frequencies around the world?
  • How relevant are trends in the allocation of spectrum in the band that are being seen in different regions for decisions that are being made in Africa?
  • How important is it that a harmonised approach is taken across region 1 or even globally for economies of scale, or is it actually more important that regional differences are taken into account?
  • What are the key issues for consideration for national and regional delegations studying the both the 3.3 – 3.4GHz and the 3.6 – 3.8GHz portions of the band ahead of its discussion at WRC-23?
  • With the 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz now allocated as on a primary basis to the mobile service on a global level, to what extent is there still a need for additional bandwidth in the C-band to be allocated to the mobile service and identified for IMT to meet the growing needs for 5G?
  • What benefits would access to 80MHz of contiguous spectrum in the band provide mobile operators? Do these benefits justify the challenges that delivering chunks of spectrum in this way would bring?
  • To what extent is co-existence between mobile and satellite users in the band possible?
  • What guard bands and separation distances may be required to avoid interference with FSS earth stations, and how does this impact the economics of widescale deployment in the band by MNOs in Europe?
  • What potential is there for the allocation of spectrum in the band for private localised networks, allowing easier co-existence with satellite users?
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Moderator: Andy Hudson
CEO, Spectrivity
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El Hadjar Abdouramane
Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 1A, ATU
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Sarah Kabahuma
ICT Liaison Manager, EACO
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Cesar Gutierrez Miguelez
Representative, GSA
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Mohaned Juwad
Senior Manager, Spectrum Policy, Intelsat
14:50 - 15:10
Break
15:10 - 16:20
Session 6: Exploring the future of the 6GHz band in Africa

The 6Ghz band is currently used around the world by satellite and microwave systems, but both unlicensed and licensed services are looking to get access to spectrum in the band. As an option for 5G, it is particularly attractive for countries and regions that have specific challenges in making available sufficient wideband channels in other mid-band frequencies. At WRC-19, the decision was taken to leave the lower portion of the band (5925-6425 MHz) for licence-exempt use, whilst (with the support of many countries from Africa), the upper portion of the band (6425-7125 MHz) is to be studied ahead of a possible IMT identification at WRC-23. This session will look at the next steps from here, and at the long-term future of the band.

 

  • Where does the balance lie between licenced and licence-exempt use of the 6Ghz spectrum?
  • To what extent is sharing between IMT and Wi-Fi users in the band a viable option in both indoor and outdoor conditions?
  • How does the specific situation with regards to WiFi and IMT development and roll-out ‘on the ground’ differ in developing regions compared to developed countries, and how can this be taken into account when considering a strategy for the 6GHz band?
  • What work needs to be done in the build up to WRC-23 to prepare for discussions that will take place there around the future of the band?
  • What is the long-term future of the band both in Africa and globally, and how can the needs of all users be best balanced?
  • How important is it that a coordinated approach to the band is found and to what extent is this a likely scenario given all the positions that are emerging?
  • How could the protection of satellite be managed in practice, taking into account RR obligations?
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Moderator: Amit Nagpal
Partner, Aetha Consulting
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Yeqing Du
Vice president of 5G product line, Huawei
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Scott Blue
Principal Programme Manager, Spectrum Policy, Microsoft
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Baxton Sirewu
Director Technical Services, POTRAZ, Zimbabwe
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Timothy Ashong
Manager, Engineer, NCA Ghana
16:20 - 17:00
Thinking Point: Beyond IMT – A focus on other key themes for Africa at WRC-23

Looking beyond IMT issues, there are also some key agenda items for Africa at WRC-23 relating to other sectors and themes. This thinking point will provide the opportunity to focus on these in a bit more detail.

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Usman Aliyu
Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 1B, ATU
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Lisa Tele
Interim Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 2, ATU
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Mostafa Mousa
Chair, WRC-23 Working Group 4A, ATU
10:30 - 12:00
Session 7: Continuing the path towards a harmonized continental 5G strategy

At the last 3 editions of this conference, key stakeholders have gathered together for a discussion on the progress being made and the challenges ahead as we look to deliver a harmonized continental strategy to deliver the successful implementation of 5G across the region. Against the backdrop of recent recommendations on spectrum policy that have been published by ATU with the aim of enabling governments and regulators across Africa to accelerate ICT and next-generation connectivity, this session will continue the discussion. It will examine the work that is being done by the African Union Commission/Africa Telecommunications Union and other stakeholders, at the progress that has been made in the last 12 months, and the challenges that still lie ahead.

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Moderator: Elizabeth Migwalla
Vice President, International Government Affairs, Qualcomm