The 4th CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The 5th CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference will take place virtually  on 20 -22 September 2021.   The event will gather key stakeholders to discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region. 

 During the 3 days attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, networking opportunities, a virtual exhibition area and much more.

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

Key Themes

WorldWide WHITE

WRC-23 – where are we with preparations on key agenda items in the CIS region and globally?

Automation WHITE

Cross border frequency co-ordination – working together to avoid harmful interference

Network WHITE

Technology and policy solutions to deliver rural connectivity


Balancing 5G with the needs of other users in the low, mid and high band frequencies

Organisers & Partners

Event Organiser
Forum Global
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.
Hosted by
Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU)
Conference Partner
Event Partner
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front.Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
Event Partner
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.
Event Partner
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
Event Partner
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
Event Partner
Viasat is the global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate.Today, we’re a global team of fearless innovators finding better ways to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea.Viasat is a growing, global company — more than 5,500 strong across 28 offices — all with a focus to bring really great service to all. We have a history of delivering results built on bold promises — to our customers, partners, and shareholders.
Knowledge Partner
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 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.

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All times are in Moscow Standard Time (GMT+3)

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
13:00 - 13:55
Session 1: Keynote Presentations and Introductions
13:55 - 14:35
Refreshment Break
14:35 - 15:40
Session 2: Cross border frequency co-ordination – working together to avoid harmful interference

Successful coordination of frequencies and spectrum access rights between neighbouring countries is a key challenge for regulators and spectrum managers, and vital is essential to ensuing the protection of services against harmful interreference. Specific national factors between countries in the CIS
region mean that often there are differences in the timing of spectrum bands being made available by regulators. In addition, band plans that are being adopted in CIS countries are sometimes quite different to those seen in neighbouring countries in Eastern Europe. This session will look at the
challenges that both these issues can create, and the work that is being done to find agreements at cross-border areas that can ensure the avoidance of harmful interference.
● What national broadband plans and roadmaps for spectrum release are being seen across the CIS region?
● What common patterns and trends are emerging between these, and where are there differences in band plans and timing of spectrum release?
● What challenges are created when neighbouring countries move at different speed when it comes to release of spectrum or aren’t harmonised on band plans?
● How can regulators work together to optimise the use of spectrum frequencies through mutual agreements and prevent harmful interference to services?
● What work is being done both within the o ensure cross-border co-ordination both between neighbouring CIS countries and also between CIS countries that share a border with countries from Europe?

15:45 - 16:30
Showcase Session 1
09:00 - 10:35
Session 3: WRC-23 – where are we with preparations on key agenda items in the CIS region and globally?

Across the world, preparatory work for WRC-23 has been continuing at a regional level, and later this year, the first inter-regional workshop is due to be held. This session will provide an update on current thinking and emerging positions across the different regions, and bringing the discussion back to CIS
and region 1, look at the work that is being done to prepare for WRC-23 at an RCC level, and at how decisions made will impact the future of key bands.

10:35 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:10
Session 4: Technology and policy solutions to deliver rural connectivity

● What different technology and policy options are being put forward to help deliver low cost and sustainable connectivity to rural areas?
● What impact can fixed wireless access, satellite broadband, unlicenced solutions and other key technologies have as part of the solution?
● How can Governments, regulators ensure that they are truly understanding the connectivity requirements of these rural communities, and then work with the private sector to meet these?
● 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 the challenge of meeting backhaul needs be best met, and what role can both satellite and microwave backhaul solutions both play?

12:15 - 13:00
Showcase Session 2
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:10
Session 5: Balancing the needs of licenced and unlicenced users in the 6GHz band

The 6Ghz band continues to be one of the most sought-after frequency ranges for a number of key stakeholders. It is currently used around the world by satellite and microwave systems, but both unlicensed and licensed services deem access to spectrum in the band as critical. This session will focus on current thinking and positions on the band, and on its likely long-term future.
● Where does the balance lie between licenced and licence-exempt use of spectrum in the 6GHz band?
● What work is being done in CIS at a regional and national level to study the band, and are any positions beginning to emerge?
● What progress has been made in the work being done on technical parameters and channel modelling ahead of WRC-23?
● To what extent is a licenced shared access or other sharing model a possibility that would enable the inclusion of incumbent satellite users, licenced users and unlicenced users in the upper 6GHz band? How could this work in practice?
● How could the protection of satellite be managed in practice, taking into account RR obligations?
● Is it so important for satellite operators to access to the whole uplink C-band (5925-7075 MHz) over Europe and is there a link with the reduction of C-band global availability?

15:10 - 16:20
Session 6: RF-EMF in a connected world – safeguarding health and building consumer confidence

● How do exposure limits for radio frequency electromagnetic fields in CIS countries compare with the new exposure guidelines set by ICNIRP?
● What impact may the more restrictive limits seen in CIS countries have on the cost and practical considerations associated with the roll-out of 5G networks?
● What evidence and details have been used to set both sets of guidelines and limits? To what extent can both approaches help to ensure consumer safety and confidence in 5G?
● Is there an argument to bring standards across the CIS region more into line with international guidelines and technical standards and what would the impact of that be?
● How can the misinformation that has been circulating relating to EMF around 5G be best tackled?
● Is there a need for a more coordinated approach and increased sharing of information between countries in the CIS region and elsewhere on EMS, including about limits?
● If technologies in the future start to use spectrum frequencies that have previously been thought of as being on the edge of the usable spectrum range (for example above 95GHz), what impact may this have on how exposure guidelines need to be adapted?

Session 7: Delivering the required spectrum for 5G – key bands, strategies and technologies
09:00 - 10:00
Part 1 – Roadmaps for 5G in countries across the region

● Where do countries in the CIS region sit in terms of amount of spectrum currently available in the market for 5G compared to other regions?
● How are countries looking to best strike the balance between the ever-increasing spectrum needs of mobile and those of other users?
● What specific challenges exist for regulators in the CIS region when it comes to finding spectrum for 5G
● What role can satellite and other technologies play alongside IMT in meeting the connectivity requirements of 5G?

Part 2 – The evolving shape of the spectrum landscape in CIS – Balancing 5G with the needs of other users in the low, mid and high band frequencies
10:00 - 11:00
Balancing the connectivity requirements of key users in the UHF (sub 1-GHz) ecosystem

● What bands are being put forward to deliver the required connectivity for 5G across the CIS region in low band frequencies?
● With the 700MHz band still being used by digital terrestrial broadcasters and the use of the 800MHz band limited due to its use by government services across much of the region, what challenges does this bring?
● How can the needs of 5G in UHF frequencies be balanced with the requirements of other users, such as broadcast, PPDR and PMSE; as well as key Government users?

11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
Balancing the connectivity requirements of key users in the mid-band frequencies

● How much mid-range bandwidth is going to be needed to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband in a 5G world?
● What bands are being put forward to deliver this required connectivity given the relative lack of availability of c-band spectrum?
● What impact may the fact that there is not an established equipment ecosystem in these band have on rollout costs for 5G and to what extent can the approach that is being proposed by the Government of a joint venture to obtain and use the spectrum help to offset any additional expense?
● How can it be ensured that the requirements of satellite and other incumbent users of midband spectrum are fully taken care of?

12:30 - 13:15
Showcase Session 3
13:15 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Balancing the connectivity requirements of key users in the mmWave ecosystem

● Which mmWave frequencies are emerging as the key bands for IMT2020/5G? What strategies are emerging in the CIS region and in neighbouring countries?
● To what extent can spectrum in the mmWave bands help to plug the gap left for many CIS countries by the shortage in mid-band and low-band spectrum for 5G?
● Where are we with regards to the availability of mmWave equipment and devices, and to what extent is the 5G mmWave ecosystem now market ready and economically viable?
● How are the satellite and non-terrestrial ecosystems within the mmWave frequencies developing, and how can the needs of all key users in the band continue to be met as we move towards a 5G future?

15:00 - 16:00
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Event Background

Launched in 2017, and now in its fifth year, The CIS & CEE Spectrum  Management Conference has previously taken place in Minsk, Almaty and Yerevan.

Event partners RCC and Forum Global work with national Governments and regulators and industry stakeholders from mobile, satellite, broadcast, public safety, high altitude platforms and more to create a platform for debate that adds real value to the spectrum discussions taking place in the region.  

The event takes place as part of the Global Spectrum Series. To view attendee figures from all events in the series in 2020, click here.

Previous Event

Taking place virtually for the first time in December 2020, the 4th CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference welcomed nearly 400 delegates from across the region and beyond for high-level discussions on WRC-19 & WRC-23, mmWave bands, the digital divide, key spectrum bands (in low, mid and high ranges), future connectivity networks, spectrum sharing, spectrum for verticals and much much more..

You can view more details of the 2020 edition of this event here and catch up on all the sessions here.

Get Involved - Sponsorship Opportunities

This event is taking place as part of the Global Spectrum Series, for further information on speaking, sponsorship or visibility opportunities, and to discuss how you can maximize the value of involvement, please contact Dan Craft on or on +44 (0) 2920 783 020.

Event platform

This conference will take place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution. For more details, please visit


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact James Curtin using any of the details below.

James Curtin
Senior Event Manager
Forum Global

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 071