Spectrum Events

In addition to the GSMA’s key events – Mobile World Congress, Mobile Asia Expo and the Mobile 360 Series – the GSMA Spectrum team also holds topic-focused seminars, workshops and meetings around the world. These events support our goal of delivering ubiquitous mobile broadband access. They highlight cutting-edge research, best-practice and provide a forum for discussion on the key issues surrounding the most efficient use of spectrum in order to maximise the socio-economic benefits of mobile.

We also frequently support external events where policymakers and the mobile industry discuss a range of spectrum related topics.

For more information on our events, specific requests for a GSMA spectrum speaker or related activity, please contact: spectrumevents@gsma.com

Spectrum Events

In addition to the GSMA’s key events – Mobile World Congress, Mobile Asia Expo and the Mobile 360 Series – the GSMA Spectrum team also holds topic-focused seminars, workshops and meetings around the world. These events support our goal of delivering ubiquitous mobile broadband access. They highlight cutting-edge research, best-practice and provide a forum for discussion on the key issues surrounding the most efficient use of spectrum in order to maximise the socio-economic benefits of mobile.

We also frequently support external events where policymakers and the mobile industry discuss a range of spectrum related topics.

For more information on our events, specific requests for a GSMA spectrum speaker or related activity, please contact: spectrumevents@gsma.com

Pricing Spectrum for Success – ITU Telecom World

Start:
January 1, 1970
End:
January 1, 1970
Event location:
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Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa

GSMA will host a seminar on 'Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution’ during the ITU Telecom World conference. This session will explore the correlation between government policies on spectrum pricing and the adoption of broadband by consumers.

With a recent report released by the GSMA on  Spectrum Pricing in Developing Countries, the following points will be discussed during the seminar:

  • According to the latest figures from GSMAi, 4 billion people are still disconnected and 3.9 billion of these are living in developing countries - meaning they cannot access the social and economic benefits that the mobile internet provides
  • The GSMA’s Spectrum Pricing in Developing Countries report identifies that take-up of mobile broadband services is being hindered by high spectrum prices
  • The price of spectrum is three times more expensive in developing countries compared to developed
  • High spectrum prices are directly linked to poorer coverage and more expensive and lower quality mobile broadband services
  • This makes high spectrum prices a major roadblock to increasing mobile penetration
  • Governments are actively increasing spectrum prices to maximize state revenues. Reserve prices in spectrum auctions are more than five times higher in developing markets than developed
  • High spectrum prices, combined with the lower incomes in developing markets make it a challenging environment for operators to invest in
  • Limiting the growth of the digital economy will hinder efforts to reduce poverty, and improve healthcare, education, financial inclusion and gender equality

The full report and associated press release can be viewed here.

 

 


Forum Global Spectrum Management – LatinAmerica

Start:
June 7, 2018
End:
June 7, 2018
Event location:
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La Scala Hotel Bernardo de Irigoyen 740, CABA, Argentina

The GSMA will attend the Spectrum Management Conference to discuss issues relating to 5G and spectrum roadmaps.

The event is part of the Forum Global series, and for this region, Brett Tarnutzer and Lucas Gallitto will present on the following topics:

Where are we with preparation for WRC-19 Across the Americas?
Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA

and

The importance of creating national and regional roadmaps for spectrum release
Lucas Gallitto, Public Policy Director, LatAm, GSMA

Please see GSMA's overview and positions on the bands for WRC-19 and follow our blog posts on various topics relating to spectrum.

 


Spectrum management for mobile telecommunications. Nairobi, Kenya

Start:
January 1, 1970 8:00 am
End:
January 1, 1970 5:00 pm
Event location:
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Nairobi, Kenya

On the 13th and 14th of November, the GSMA organised a workshop on spectrum management for mobile telecommunications. It took place in Nairobi, Kenya and attracted 30 participants.

During the two days, we covered topic such as the importance of spectrum to Kenya’s digital economy. This was highlighted by GSMA’s Mobile Connectivity Index for Kenya. It assesses the country’s performance on enablers for internet adoption and usage. We also looked at best practices for spectrum allocation. As always, the need for efficiency is an overarching objective.

Participants took part in a spectrum roadmap exercise. The exercise looked at how a roadmap can have a positive impact on mobile broadband services. Importantly, a roadmap provides the certainty needed to encourage investments. It does this by providing regulatory certainty on topics such as harmonisation, refarming and future spectrum allocations.

The workshop also looked at best practices for spectrum pricing. In particular, the need to factor in the impact of annual fees. This greatly impacts licensees’ ability to implement assigned spectrum.

The issue of getting spectrum pricing right has never been more vital. Additional spectrum is central to expanding and upgrading mobile broadband services. To deliver affordable, high quality mobile broadband services, operators require fair access to sufficient radio spectrum.

The workshop concluded with discussions on the positive impact of technology and service neutrality. The GSMA also made the case for active participation in World Radiocommunications Conferences (WRCs) by administrations. The upcoming WRC-19 will for example determine the bands to be adopted for 5G deployments in Africa’s Region 1.

The GSMA would like to thank everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you again at any of our future events.

Finally, below is the agenda along with presentations. For more information, there are also the GSMA’s reports on spectrum best practices and spectrum pricing.

View the full agenda here

Presentations Day One 
Holding slides spectrum workshop
Session 1 - Socio-economic impact of mobile broadband in Kenya - Shola Sanni
Session 1 - Spectrum allocation – a vision for the future - Richard Marsden
Session 1 - Why spectrum roadmaps are so important - Laurent Bodusseau
Session 1 - How to design a spectrum roadmap - Richard Marsden
Session 2 - Best practice in spectrum pricing - Richard Marsden
Session 2 - Using auctions to support effective pricing of spectrum - Richard Marsden
Session 2 - Annual usage fees - Richard Marsden
Session 2 - Effective price benchmarking - Laurent Bodusseau

Presentations Day Two 
Session 3 - The positive impact of technology and service neutrality - Laurent Bodusseau
Session 3 - How to implement spectrum refarming - Shola Sanni
Session 4 - Spectrum sharing - Laurent Bodusseau
Session 5 - WRC-15 bands implementation & preparation - Ross Bateson

Atelier Gestion du Spectre en RDC – Spectrum Workshop in Congo DRC

Start:
January 1, 1970 9:00 am
End:
January 1, 1970 5:00 pm
Event location:
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Democratic Republic of Congo

Français
Dans le cadre de la collaboration entre la GSMA et les parties prenantes du secteur des télécommunications de la République Démocratique du Congo, un atelier sur le thème « Comment libérer et exploiter pleinement le potentiel de la 4G en République Démocratique du Congo? » s’est tenu le jeudi 21 septembre 2017, à l’hôtel Kempinski Fleuve Congo de Kinshasa. Cet atelier a été précédé d’une session de renforcement de capacités de deux jours (mardi 19 et mercredi 20 septembre 2017) sur la gestion avancée du spectre de fréquences pour les télécommunications mobiles.

Au cours de ces deux évènements, les 40 participants ont eu la possibilité d'échanger des points de vue et des idées sur les meilleures pratiques en matière de politiques publiques et de réglementation, ainsi que les priorités les plus pressantes pour accroître la pénétration du haut débit mobile en RDC.

Veuillez trouver les liens des photos, du programme de travail et des présentations ci-dessous.

Pour de plus amples informations sur le programme de la gestion du spectre, veuillez nous contacter à l’adresse mail : spectrumevents@gsma.com, et veuillez contacter Sarah Gaffney, capacitybuilding@gsmatraining.com pour des informations concernant le programme de renforcement de capacités.

English 
As part of the collaboration between the GSMA and stakeholders in the telecommunications sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo a workshop was hosted on "How to liberate and fully exploit the potential of 4G in the Democratic Republic of Congo?“. Prior to the workshop a two-day capacity building session (Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September 2017) on advanced spectrum management for mobile telecommunications was held.

During these two events, the 40 participants had the opportunity to exchange views and ideas on best practice in public policy and regulation. To complement this, an open and lively debate sort to highlight some of the most pressing priorities for increasing mobile broadband penetration in the DRC.

Please find below the link to the pictures, agenda, and presentations.

For further information about the spectrum programme please contact us at spectrumevents@gsma.com, and for further information on Capacity Building, please contact Sarah Gaffney at capacitybuilding@gsmatraining.com

Agenda: Jour 1 et 2 (Day 1 and 2)
Agenda: Jour 3 (Day 3)

Présentation: Jérome Bezzina - Banque Mondiale
Présentation: Peng Zhao - GSMA
Présentation: Daddy Mukadi - Airtel
Présentation: Aurélie Adam Soule - GSMA
Présentation: Alain Sawadogo - ESMT
Présentation: Jean-Jacques Massima - UIT
Article de l’agence Ecofin sur l’atelier gestion de spectre en RDC

Allocution introductive de Son Excellence Emery Okundji, Ministre des PTNTIC de la République Démocratique du Congo

 

Photo de groupe des participants de l'atelier renforcements de capacité

5G Spectrum and Policy Forum @ MWCS 2018

Start:
January 1, 1970
End:
January 1, 1970
Event location:
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Shanghai

The GSMA, along with its partners from GSA,  hosted the 3rd Annual 5G Spectrum & Policy Workshop at the 2018 Mobile World Congress – Shanghai.

As Asia is now on the eve of commercialisation of 5G and the 3GPP Release-15 standard was completed in June, operators in the region are gearing up to start deployment from as early as end of 2018. Expected widespread coverage is predicted from 2020 in early-adopter countries such as China, Japan and Korea.

This year’s Forum brought together governments and industry stakeholders to share the experiences from trials, preparation of pre-commercial pilots and plans for commercial deployments. Examination of spectrum and policy challenges in satisfying the requirements from vertical industries, the readiness of technologies and the spectrum implications were debated.

To highlight the 5G opportunity, especially in China, a recently released report on 5G in China: the enterprise story was used as illustration.

Presentations

ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao - Opening Remarks

GSMA Tim Hatt - 5G in China the Enterprise Story

GTI Liu Guangyi - Lessons from the 5G trials in China

MIC Japan, Kohei Satoh - Roadmap, field trials and spectrum issues for 5G in Japan

Hao Xu Qualcomm Making 5G NR a Reality

 

 

 

M360 Africa – spectrum pricing report launch

Start:
January 1, 1970
End:
January 1, 1970
Event location:
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Radisson Blu hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

As part of GSMA's M360 Africa, a new spectrum pricing report was launched which highlighted the correlation of government policies and mobile broadband access for consumers.

The report, Spectrum Pricing in Developing Countries, is a global report which highlights the following key findings:

  • According to the latest figures from GSMAi, 4 billion people are still disconnected and 3.9 billion of these are living in developing countries - meaning they cannot access the social and economic benefits that the mobile internet provides
  • The GSMA’s Spectrum Pricing in Developing Countries report identifies that take-up of mobile broadband services is being hindered by high spectrum prices
  • The price of spectrum is three times more expensive in developing countries compared to developed
  • High spectrum prices are directly linked to poorer coverage and more expensive and lower quality mobile broadband services
  • This makes high spectrum prices a major roadblock to increasing mobile penetration
    Governments are actively increasing spectrum prices to maximize state revenues.
  • Reserve prices in spectrum auctions are more than five times higher in developing markets than developed
  • High spectrum prices, combined with the lower incomes in developing markets make it a challenging environment for operators to invest in
  • Limiting the growth of the digital economy will hinder efforts to reduce poverty, and improve healthcare, education, financial inclusion and gender equality

The full report and associated press release can be viewed here.

 

Forum Global Spectrum Management Conference – Europe 2018

Start:
January 1, 1970
End:
January 1, 1970
Event location:
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Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

As part of the growing support for spectrum for 5G, the GSMA spoke recently at the Forum Global Spectrum Management Conference in Brussels.

Our Speakers:

Andy Hudson, Head of Policy the GSMA. Andy gave a presentation on the impact of 5G around the world. Andy put forward the case on how Europe needs to support this emerging technology with forward looking spectrum policies.
GSMA Andy Hudson presentation

Glyn Carter, Senior Spectrum Advisor. As a complement to Andy's points, Glyn put forward a deep dive into the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC). Glyn highlighted the specific bands needed for 5G that will enable the services envisioned for the future. Agenda Item 1.13 is the mobile industry's ask for spectrum with focus on 26GHz as a pioneer band in Europe.
GSMA Dr Glyn Carter presentation

More information on the industry's position head of WRC can be found here.

 

Forum Global Spectrum Management Conference – Asia

Start:
January 1, 1970
End:
January 1, 1970
Event location:
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Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

The GSMA participated in the regional Forum Global Spectrum Management Conference for Asia Pacific. Topics discussed ranged from 4G spectrum release to 5G future spectrum requirements. The event attracts delegates from across the telecommunication ecosystem with varying views on spectrum and it's potential to deliver different services via different media.

The GSMA presented on the following topics:

Key requirements for 4G spectrum in the capacity bands - what spectrum is required and when?
Cristian Gomez, Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA

5G connectivity in the millimetre bands - Releasing the required bandwidth to meet the deadlines and targets for 5G roll-out
Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA