visiongain Presents Second Annual Spectrum Policy Conference

2/4/2005 - visiongain announced its Second Annual Spectrum Policy Conference will be held in London on 2nd and 3rd March 2005. SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES will gather senior representatives of telecommunications regulatory authorities, mobile operators, wireless service providers, network vendors and others, for an in-depth discussion on new ways to improve spectrum management and encourage the development of a healthy wireless market.

The first day of the conference will focus on the opportunities and threats in spectrum liberalisation: what are the regulatory objectives in new spectrum policy developments, and what opportunities are opened by spectrum liberalisation? On the second day issues raised by the development of new technologies and the co-existence of licensed and licence-exempt spectrum will be discussed. Over the two days participants will be able to learn and engage in a debate to understand how to maximise the use of spectrum to save costs and improve wireless services.

Stephen Pentland from Spectrum Strategies Consultants and chairman of the conference emphasised the importance of discussing spectrum policy evolution: ‘In this market economy, he says, spectrum should become cheaper for some users, yet will inevitably become unaffordable for some others. Yet further spectrum will be made freely available to all users - licence-exempt bands with no guarantees of quality or protection from interference. In the process, we may also unwittingly undermine the harmonisation and co-ordination that has led to the global success stories of technologies such as GSM’.

Senior representatives of all players in the spectrum market will give their views on these issues, including:

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on Implementing Spectrum liberalisation and trading in the UK. Richard Eccles (Bird & Bird), Tony Ballard (Field Fisher Waterhouse) and Richard Marsden (DotEcon) will look at the UK’s leading position in Europe in terms of spectrum liberalisation and trading, and lead discussions on the UK’s position on spectrum liberalisation can be a lesson for other European countries.

SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES follows a successful first spectrum policy conference organised by visiongain in April 2004. The event on ‘Reviewing 3G Licence Conditions’ brought together key European regulators and operators to discuss how to ensure a rollout of 3G services to benefit both consumers and industry players. Overall a 4-star rated event, it generated high-level discussion and most participants expressed a strong interest in meeting again to examine the evolution of spectrum policy.

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