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Technology Foresight

TECH.5 : Future spectrum needs: supporting a digital transition
Wednesday, 07 October 2009, 16:30 - 18:00, Room K

The future is wireless - but frequency spectrum is limited. There has long been a need to find new ways of sharing spectrum and, with a future dominated by mobile broadband and consumer video, addressing that challenge has now become paramount. Attention is now being focused on the use of lower frequencies for mobile broadband networks to provide wider coverage in rural areas and improved indoor penetration in urban areas. The availability of "digital dividend" spectrum resulting from the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial TV is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - but an opportunity that is by no means certain to materialise given other demands on this spectrum.

* Dr Stuart Sharrock, Chairman, Telemates, ICIN Events, United Kingdom

* Mr Karl-Heinz Laudan, Vice President Spectrum and Technology Policy, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany
* Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane, CEO, Sentech Ltd., South Africa
* Mr Phillip L. Spector, Executive Vice President, Business Development, & General Counsel, Intelsat, United States
* Mr Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, UMTS Forum, France
* Mr Lieven Vermaele, Director, Technical & IT Services, European Broadcasting Union , EBU