6 GHz 5G/IMT Spectrum Forum

Doors Open

Tue, 1 Mar: 16:30 - 18:15 CET



CC3.13 Room, Hall 3

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Session Description

This event is Co-hosted by: BT, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telia Company, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, GSMA Intelligence.


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Mobile Broadband has been strategically deployed in many countries, 5G is not only another generation of mobile but it is also an enabling platform for what has been described as the “4th industrial revolution”. While appearing futuristic today, smart cities, connected vehicles, smart deliveries with drones and robots will generate extreme traffic volumes which will add to the increasing data consumer requirements to deliver advanced applications, such as XR.  
Recognizing the central role that spectrum plays for the development of 5G and its evolution, the global mobile organization GSMA recommends governments and regulators “to plan to make 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum available in the 2025-2030 time frame. This is the average value needed to guarantee the IMT-2020 requirements for 5G”. 
Intense debate is ongoing on how the spectrum demand in mid-bands can be addressed: the future availability of the 6 GHz spectrum is currently one of the hottest topics among policy-makers. The 6 GHz band provides a unique opportunity to help address mid-band spectrum needs  5G licensed use of the 6 GHz band will create great social and economic benefits for society. GSMA Intelligence has performed a socioeconomic cost-benefit analysis to support policy-makers in their decisions on the most effective approach for the 6 GHz band.
During this Forum, leading policy-makers and representatives from the mobile industry will exchange insights on this important frequency band.



Barcelona MWC Hall 3 room CC3.13,

Tuesday March 1st  16:30-18:15  (onsite registration from 16:00 to 16:30)

Opening   (16:30 – 16:35)

5 min

Opening remarks

Kalvin Bahia, Principal Economist – GSMA Intelligence

Key notes    (16:35-16:55)

20 min

IMT mid-bands spectrum needs

6 GHz socioeconomic cost-benefit analysis

Luiz Felippe Zoghbi Senior Spectrum Policy Manager - GSMA

Kalvin Bahia, Principal Economist – GSMA Intelligence

Views from policy-makers and industry     (16:55 – 17:35)

40 min

Administrations’ decision making: status and key issues

Eric Fournier, Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs - Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR – France)

Tariq Al Awadhi, Executive Director Spectrum Affairs – Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA – United Arab Emirates)

Ms Olfa Jammeli, General Director - Frequency National Agency (ANF – Tunisia)

Industry views

Jan-Hendrik Jochum, VP Spectrum Policy & Projects – Deutsche Telekom

Roberto Rodriguez, Head of Spectrum Strategy – Telefonica

Dr. Ulrich Dropmann, Head of Standardization and the Industry Environment – Nokia

Panel discussion     (17:35 – 18:10)

35 min

Panel discussion

Moderator: Stefan Zehle, CEO - Coleago Consulting Ltd

Heidi Himmanen, Chief Adviser - Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom – Finland)

Daniel Obam, CEO - National Communications Secretariat (Kenya)

Santiago Tenorio, Fellow and Network Architecture Director – Vodafone

Xu Weizhong, Wireless Network Chief Strategy Officer - Huawei

Erika Tejedor, Director of Government and Industry relation – Ericsson

Tim Frost, Wireless Technology and Standardisation Expert – MediaTek

Closing    (18:10 – 18:15)

5 min

Wrap-up (key takeaways and next steps)

Kalvin Bahia, Principal Economist – GSMA Intelligence


Doors Open: 16:00

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