The 4th CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference has gone virtual!

Taking place across a series of individual sessions from 16 – 18 December, the conference will provide an online platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

Held using an interactive virtual event system, sessions will go far beyond the standard webinar. Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, technology demonstrations, a virtual exhibition area and much, much more…

Sessions will include a focus 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.

This event is free to attend for all delegates and registration is now open!

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

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)
Supported by
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.
Event Partner
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards. Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society. We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.
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
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
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.

Early confirmed speakers include:

Mario Maniewicz


Director, Radiocommunication Bureau



Director General
Executive committee of the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC)



RCC WG on WRC-19

Nikolai Vassiliev


Chief, Terrestrial Services Department





Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
10:00 - 10:10
Welcome and Introductions
10:10 - 11:00
Keynote presentations
11:00 - 12:00
Session 2: Spectrum Policy and Covid-19: adapting to keep societies connected

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed all aspects of life, including radio spectrum policy. Governments, regulators and industry representatives have all been adapting and innovating in order to meet the challenge of keeping citizens connected during a time of unprecedented demand for connectivity and broadband access. This session will look at some of the measures that have been taken, and at how countries across the CIS region and beyond have departed from their standard spectrum policies to deliver the capacity to keep citizens, societies and businesses connected.

  • How did usage across networks rise during the crisis and what impact was seen for the various connectivity providers and stakeholders?
  • What response to this was seen by regulators and industry representatives across different countries, and what spectrum management tools and techniques were utilised as part of this?
  • What was learnt about the best ways to put under-utilised spectrum to use in times of crisis and the potential opportunities to rearrange access to it?
  • Which approaches worked best, and which were less successful? What lessons can be taken from the communication sector’s response to the crisis?
  • Did emergency services ultimately have access to sufficient spectrum to facilitate their response to this global crisis? Was anything learnt about the best way to deliver the reliable, robust connectivity that is required?
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:45
Session 3: Next steps – implementation of WRC-19 decisions and looking ahead to WRC-23

WRC-19 took place in Egypt just over a year ago, delivering key decisions and directions on spectrum policy for the next four years and beyond. Now that the dust has settled, the general consensus from most stakeholders seems to be that overall a fair balance was reached. In the 12 months that have followed, focus has shifted to the implementation of key outcomes, and also towards the early planning and studies for WRC-23. This session will look at the work that has been done in these areas to date, and the path ahead.


  • What new bands were identified for IMT at WRC-19 and what progress has been made to date to plan for the clearance and re-allocation of these bands?
  • What are the next steps and how can it be ensured that the available spectrum is made available as quickly and efficiently as possible?
  • What are the key agenda items and bands to be discussed at WRC-23, and what are the next steps in the build-up to this?
  • With much of WRC-19 focussing on IMT2020/5G ‘capacity’ bands, what now needs to be done to ensure that sufficient spectrum is available to deliver IMT2020/5G coverage?
  • The 6GHz band is set to be one of the key topics for discussion in the lead-up to WRC-23. Where does the balance between licenced and licence-exempt use in this band?
  • Will we still be talking about ‘spectrum for 5G’ when we reach 2023, or will the focus have switched to B5G or 6G?


10:00 - 11:20
Session 4: A focus on high frequencies – meeting the needs of all stakeholders in the mmWave bands

As we saw in the last session, one of the key focusses at WRC-19 was to identify additional spectrum for IMT in the mmWave bands. No awards in these bands have taken place across CIS countries to date, but this This session will now take the opportunity to look at this emerging mmWave ecosystem in a little more detail.


  • How much mmWave spectrum was allocated for IMT at WRC-19 and what will this do to the future mmWave landscape? To what extent has this changed plans within mmWave bands both in CIS and elsewhere around the world?
  • Which mmWave frequencies are emerging as the key bands for IMT2020/5G? What strategies are emerging in the CIS region and in neighbouring countries?
  • What is the likely demand for mmWave spectrum for IMT2020/5G across CIS countries both in the short term and longer term future? How can the balance be met between this and also meeting the needs of incumbent users in the bands?
11:25 - 12:10
Showcase Session 1
12:10 - 12:40
12:40 - 13:45
Session 5: Finding the required mid-band spectrum

In much of Europe and Asia, large chunks of C-band spectrum in the 3.4 GHz–3.8 GHz band has designated for IMT. Across the CIS region however, this approach is problematic, with the C-band used extensively for fixed satellite service including distribution of DTV to regional TV stations. This had let to regulators exploring alternative options in order to identify the required mid-range bandwidth for IMT. This session will look at the shape of spectrum usage across the entire mid-band range and explore where the bandwidth to meet the needs of mobile broadband and all other key users can be met.


  • How much spectrum (if any) could realistically be made available for IMT in the C-band across CIS countries?
  • How much mid-range bandwidth is going to be needed to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband?
  • What other options exist to find the required mid-band spectrum to meet future requirements for mobile broadband?
  • Could bands such as 4.4-5GHz, 4.8 – 4.9GHz, 6GHz, 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz be options across the region?
  • How can it be ensured that the requirements of satellite and other incumbent users of mid-band spectrum are fully taken care of?
  • How important is it that as co-ordinated approach to mid band allocation is taken both across the region and also with neighbouring countries?
13:45 - 15:00
Session 6: Tackling the digital divide – spectrum bands and technology options

A continuing challenge for regulators across the CIS and CEE region is to deliver connectivity to rural areas and to close the digital divide. There is not a one size fits all solution for this, and a mix of innovative approaches and different technologies is needed to deliver the affordable and efficient rural connectivity that is required. This session will look at some of the different approaches being put forward. It will look at the importance of low frequency spectrum bands (such as the 600, 700 & 800Mhz bands) in providing the required coverage spectrum for mobile broadband, and at how the needs of other users in these important frequencies (for example broadcasters) can also be met. Ultimately, it will look at the mix of key technologies spectrum bands that are required in order to break down the digital divide.


  • What different technology and policy options are being put forward to help deliver low cost and sustainable connectivity to rural areas?
  • 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 is the current landscape below 1GHz in the region such as the 600, 700 & 800Mhz bands), and how much spectrum in this band is needed by mobile in order to deliver the coverage that is required?
  • How can it be ensured that the requirements of all users (for example broadcasters) in these bands are being met?
  • How are technology companies, connectivity providers and other key stakeholders collaborating to help deliver connectivity in rural areas?
  • What role can unlicensed technologies play in the solution?
10:00 - 11:15
Session 7: Overcoming the deployment challenges of future connectivity networks

With the emergence of IMT2020/5G, future connectivity networks are going to look fundamentally different to the network infrastructure that is seen across CIS and CEE countries today. As well as allowing for faster speeds, greater capacity and low latency, IMT2020/5G networks are going to have to be agile and flexible, and most likely able to adapt to applications that haven’t even been envisaged yet. With many regulators across the region now starting to prepare for commercial deployment in the not too distant future, this session will look at the challenges that still need to be overcome in order to deliver this, and to ensure that our networks are truly ready to handle IMT2020/5G.


  • What are the main challenges that still remain for operators looking to deploy a IMT2020/5G network in both urban and rural areas?
  • What work is beginning at both a regional and national level to smooth the path to IMT2020/5G deployment and introducing policies that enable the easy roll out of networks?
  • To what extent can approaches seen in other regions be used as a template for CIS and CEE countries looking to reduce costs and red tape involved in deployment?
  • What is the current situation across CIS countries regarding the licencing regime for small cells and base stations and how conducive is this to easy roll-out of IMT2020/5G networks?
  • What challenges do current EMF limits across the region pose for IMT2020/5G deployment, and how can a solution be found that safeguards the general public without slowing down IMT2020/5G deployment?
  • As the volume of data increases, which areas in future end-to-end IMT2020/5G networks offer the greatest risk of becoming potential ‘bottlenecks’, and how can network operators plan now to avoid these appearing?
  • What challenges are faced when developing backhaul networks for IMT2020/5G and how can these be overcome?
11:15 - 12:00
Showcase Sessions 2
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 8: Spectrum sharing – innovative approaches to facilitate coexistence of different technologies in spectrum bands

Spectrum sharing and coexistence of different technologies within a spectrum band are seen as a key regulatory tool for regulators and stakeholders around the world to increase spectrum efficiency. Different approaches are being put forward, but at the heart of these needs to be the principle of protection, and insuring the avoidance of interference. This session will look at some of the latest proposals, techniques and technologies that are being put forward to deliver this, and at the best way forward to ensure a regulatory framework that encourages spectrum sharing and provides protection for all users.

14:30 - 15:00
HAVE YOUR SAY: Event summaries and conclusions

Led by Albert Nalbandian, this session will provide an opportunity for final discussions on the key issues that have been raised during the conference. Members of the audience will be able to bring their audio and video feed live. The aim will be to gain consensus on summaries, outcomes and conclusions from the event.

With the involvement of all key stakeholders and all audience members

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Event Background

Launched in 2017, and now in its fourth year, The CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion within the region. 

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.  

Previous Event

Taking place in Minsk, Belarus in April of 2019, The 3rd CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 150 delegates from across the region and beyond for high-level discussions on preparation for WRC-19, Smart Cities, 5G roll-out in the region, PPDR Networks, and much more. 

You can view more details of the 2019 edition of this event here

New Virtual Format

“Virtual events do not have to be passive experiences, limited to only watching presentations and panel discussions. They can be engaging and interactive, enabling face-to-face conversations and the possibility to connect with policymakers and stakeholders.”
As we transition The CIS & CEE Spectrum Management Conference to a new virtual format, our aim is to provide a platform that replicates the benefits normally enjoyed by attendees at the event when it is held in person and face-to-face.

The format of the event has been designed to not only enable participants to listen to the discussions and debates, but to also have the opportunity to network and engage with speakers, partners and other attendees.

Sessions will follow an interactive format, and include the following elements

An interactive panel discussion with expert speakers, and the opportunity to ask questions and make comments using a live chat function

A ‘have your say…’ audience engagement session, where all participants will have the opportunity to request to bring their audio and video feed ‘live’ and actively participate in the debate

A virtual networking lounge, with options to take part in one-to-one networking meetings, join private networking rooms and visit the virtual exhibition area

A ‘Showcase’ stage, where speakers and partners will be providing technology demos, hosting interactive Q&A sessions, and taking part in smaller ‘breakout’ sessions on key topics

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 places using Forum Europe’s virtual event platform – Forum Vision


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

James Curtin
Event Manager
Forum Global

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 071