Agenda Agenda

Regional Meeting on Mobile Communications Spectrum Harmonisation

- 29-30 March 2012, Intercontinental Hotel, Bucharest -

 

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Registration, coffee

8.30-9.00

Opening session

Opening remarks

Cătălin Marinescu, President, ANCOM

- Welcome Speech, Purpose and Outline of the Meeting Structure

Guest of honour

François Rancy, Director of ITU-R

9.00-9.20

Group Management Issues

- Adoption of the agenda

- Formal admission of new members – Bulgaria and Greece

- Invitation of the Czech Republic and Ukraine spectrum management authority to join the group works

Chair of the Meeting:

Nicolae Oacă, Coordinator of the CEE Regional Working Group on behalf of ANCOM

9.20-9.30

First session – Roundtable

Plans for Digital Television and for the Digital Dividend Band in our Region

- Timeframe of the digital switchover and the availability of frequencies above channel 60.

- Timeframe for licensing new bands (800MHz & 2.6GHz) for mobile communications.

- LTE usage in the 900/1800 MHz frequency bands.

Participants:

Members of the CEE Regional Working Group and representatives of the administrations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, and Ukraine.

Moderator:

Cătălin Marinescu, President, ANCOM

9.30-11.15

Each country representative that specializes in spectrum management presents their status of ASO, digital TV progress and plans for Digital Dividend band and 2.6GHz band licensing.

Coffee break

11.15-11.30

Second session – Roundtable

The Need to Harmonise the 700/800 MHz and 2600 MHz Bands

- Advantages of a common harmonised approach (economy of scale, compatibility issues, international roaming, digital dividend) – the way to achieving ambitious broadband goals.

- Compatibility of A/D TV with wireless broadband. Technical aspects.

- A regional approach on spectrum (800MHz and 2.6GHz) usage for the introduction of new technology and services, resulting in the commitment of all countries in our region to introduce wireless broadband in the two new bands, 700/800 MHz and 2600 MHz.

- Agreeing on the idea that, during the transition period, the member countries should make their best efforts to avoid harmful perturbations while introducing new services in these bands.

Keynote speech:

François Rancy, Director of ITU-R

Participants:

Members of the CEE Regional Working Group and representatives of the administrations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, and Ukraine.

Session Moderator:

Željko Tabaković, Deputy Executive Director, HAKOM, Croatia

11.30-13.00

After analysing the status of the two bands availability in our region, the participants will try to take further steps on preparing a regional approach on these bands usage harmonisation.

Lunch

13.00-14.00

Third session – Roundtable

Preparing for a Regional Agreement on the Harmonisation of the 700/800 MHz and 2600 MHz Bands Usage

- Presentation of basic principles and of a draft regional agreement on spectrum harmonisation.

- Deciding on further steps on agreeing and signing a regional agreement on harmonisation of LTE spectrum usage.

Participants:

Members of the CEE Regional Working Group and representatives of the administrations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, and Ukraine.

Chair of Meeting:

Nicolae Oacă, Coordinator of the CEE Regional Working Group on behalf of ANCOM

14.00-15.45

After the presentation and discussion of a draft version of the regional agreement on spectrum harmonisation in our region, the participants will discuss on further steps to be taken.

Coffee break

15.45-16.00

Fourth session

The most important decisions of WRC-12 and their impact on the development of mobile services (Agenda Item 1.17)

Presentation by:

Péter Vári, NMHH, Hungary (TBC)

16.00-16.25

The most important decisions of WRC-12 and their impact on the development of communications in our region.

Fifth session

Sharing experience in our region: Overview of the "Looking to the future project" - a long term strategy

Presentation by:

Mario Weber, HAKOM, Croatia

16.25-16.50

HAKOM presents a wide participation project that involves authorities, academia, media, manufacturers, operators etc., aimed at reshaping the Croatian electronic communications, as well as country's economy.

Closing remarks

 

Cătălin Marinescu, President, ANCOM

16.50-17.00

30 March 2012

Workshop on Planning and organising a spectrum auction, by NERA Consulting

First session

I: Key inputs into decision making

  • government objectives

  • regulatory objectives (e.g. efficiency, competition, revenues)

  • available spectrum and approach to packaging lots

  • industry demand

Presentation by:

Richard Marsden, NERA Consulting

09.00-09.30

II: Auction formats

- type of auction format, pros & cons (SMRA, CCA, sealed bid etc.)

- key rules, pros & cons

- recent case studies from Europe and world

Presentation by:

Richard Marsden & Dr. Soren Sorensen, NERA Consulting

09.30-10.30

Coffe Break

10.30-10.45

Second session

III: Implementing an auction

- developing an auction process, from consultation through to licence issue

- online bid submission and remote bidding vs manual systems and co-location with regulator

- drafting official regulations

- managing consultation processes

- deterring bidder association and collusion

- approach to revenues and reserve prices

- hiring a consultant

Presentation by:

Richard Marsden & Dr. Soren Sorensen, NERA Consulting

10.45-11.30

IV: Conclusion for the region

- what are the most important objectives for regional regulators?

- which type of auction and rules are relevant to countries in our region?

- developing a plan for auctioning LTE licenses (Digital Dividend and 2.6GHz) in Balkan region

Participants:

All.

11.30-12.15

Lunch

12.15-13.15

Third session

V: Introduction to the mock LTE auctions

- scenario for the mock auctions

- auction rules: sealed bid combinatorial auction and SMRA auction

- how to use the auction software

- distribution of bidder briefs to participants

Presentation by:

Dr. Soren Sorensen, NERA Consulting

13.15-14.45

VI: Participation in mock LTE auction

- submission of sealed bids

- SMRA mock auction

- comparison of results for SMRA versus combinatorial sealed bid

To run the mock auctions, participants will form a limited number of teams (e.g. 5 or 6 teams). Each team will have a laptop with a good internet connection, allowing for easy access to the bidding software.

Assisted by:

Richard Marsden & Dr. Soren Sorensen, NERA Consulting

14.45-16.30

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