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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

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Managing growth, managing spectrum: best practices in spectrum harmonization
Forum session
13:30 - 15:00 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking

Spectrum harmonization in particular, and spectrum management in general, have a major impact on spectrum availability for next generation networks. Why is it so important both now and in the future to ensure globally harmonized spectrum for satellite, science, broadcasting, mobile, fixed and other radiocommunication services? How can we ensure services have enough spectrum for current and future needs?
Frequency bands for IMT-2020/5G were identified in the course of recent World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC), yet countries continue to use different bands. How can we ensure countries limit the number of frequencies and spectrum to the minimum essential to provide the necessary service?
Harmonization of IMT frequency usage can only be successful if national authorities are prepared to coordinate, collaborate – and prioritize. What are the challenges of spectrum harmonization? Is spectrum harmonization achievable, and if so, what are the best practices and methods? Is there a role for regional telecommunication organizations, and what initiatives are currently being implemented? What licensing models are in place around the world, and can they be used to promote greater spectrum harmonization?


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Joanne Wilson

Deputy Director, BR

International Telecommunication Union



Uwe Baeder

Director, International Relations

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG


Kenneth Holmlund

Head of Space Systems and Utilization

World Meteorological Organization


Nan Li

Deputy Director of Wireless and Terminal Technology Institute

China Mobile Research Institute


Ruy Pinto




Osamu Kamimura

Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office

SoftBank Corporation


Luiz Felippe Zoghbi

Spectrum Policy Manager


United Kingdom

Loftur Jonasson


International Civil Aviation Organization


Victor D. Sparrow

Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

United States

Stephen Michael Talbot

Head of International Spectrum Policy

Office of Communications - Ofcom

United Kingdom

Alexander Schwarz

Vice-chair-elect, Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR)

International Maritime Organization

United Kingdom

Elena Puigrefagut

Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation

European Broadcasting Union