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Recognized as PTC, we are the global non-profit membership organization promoting the advancement of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Pacific Rim, the most dynamic geography of the world, spanning over 40 nations.

    Dave Wright: Does CBRS Hold Promise For The Future Of Spectrum Management?

    Dave Wright: Does CBRS Hold Promise For The Future Of Spectrum Management?

    Interviewee: Dave Wright, President, CBRS Alliance, USA

    What you will learn in this audiocast (18 min 40 sec):

    In a time of scarce spectrum resource, should we completely rethink how we use spectrum? Should we be focussing on spectrum sharing between different users and even different services? Should we likewise press for local licensing of key spectrum bands?

    The first stages of so-called democratization of spectrum usage may have already begun with the imminent deployment of CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) in the U.S. In this coffee break podcast from the PTC, we look at the prospects for CBRS and what many think is a radical approach in the spectrum community. CBRS usage has been allocated the 3.55GHz to 3.7GHz band by U.S. policymakers and is formulated as a three-tier system that categorizes users into different priorities. Proponents believe that many different types of users and applications will be able to take advantage of CBRS facilities, which use novel sharing and prioritization methodologies.

    The CBRS Alliance, an industry association of many entities participating in the CBRS space, believes that LTE-based solutions in the 3.5GHz band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. Moreover, according to the Alliance, migration to 5G services in this band is practical.

    Topics covered include:
    The place and organization of CBRS
    The role of the CBRS Alliance
    What is the rationale for flexible approaches to spectrum management?
    What happens to 5G in the CBRS band?
    Are use cases established in CBRS? Are entities really willing to run their own networks?
    Can CBRS practices be internationalized?
    The near term outlook for CBRS
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    Dave Wright, President, CBRS Alliance
    Dave is Director, Regulatory Affairs & Network Standards at Ruckus Networks. In addition to his role with Ruckus, Dave participates in a number of SDOs and ITOs and is currently the President of the CBRS Alliance. Dave is a champion of open spectrum, including both unlicensed and dynamic sharing frameworks, while acknowledging the vital role that all spectrum management regimes play in our increasingly wireless world.
    Dave began his odyssey in networking/telecom/mobile/wireless in the early ‘90s while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then transitioned to the commercial sector as a systems engineer. In the intervening years, he has spent much of his time in technical marketing, standards development, and policy advocacy. Dave is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) Emeritus (#2062) as well as a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA).

    • 18 min
    Malcolm Johnson: Expectations for WRC-19

    Malcolm Johnson: Expectations for WRC-19

    Interviewee: Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

    In this PTC coffee break guide, our podcast deals with upcoming changes in spectrum and satellite orbital management around the world dealt with on a global level by a treaty level co-ordination process.

    The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is the bedrock intergovernmental meeting of the wireless sector. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes the Conference which is typically convened on a four-yearly cycle.

    With 5G, IoT, vehicle to vehicle communications and other new technologies now arriving, WRC-19, to be convened in Egypt this year, comes at a particular important point in wireless platform development and has immense significance for how the wireless economy will develop.

    In this interview, Malcolm Johnson outlines the range, scope and importance of WRC-19 and gives an overview of what we might expect in terms of outcomes for WRC-19.

    Topics covered include:
    • The background to the World Radiocommunication Conference and the Radio Regulations
    • Major and highlighted topics for the WRC-19 agenda
    • Progress on the Digital Dividend
    • Towards greater harmonization?

    • 13 min
    Agnes Wong: Hong Kong - Hypercompetitive Regulation?

    Agnes Wong: Hong Kong - Hypercompetitive Regulation?

    What you will learn in this audio cast (15 min 43 sec):

    What regulatory toolkit keeps a highly dynamic market highly dynamic?

    Hong Kong may well be the world’s most competitive marketplace. According to the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), in 2018 there were four mobile network operators, 27 local fixed network operators, 241 external fixed network operators, and 249 Internet service providers in the territory. With one of the most advanced and sophisticated communications infrastructure worldwide, household broadband and mobile penetration are extremely high in this market

    Among the most definable characteristics of regulation in this marketplace is that it is, by design, light touch. However, this catch-all term is probably not the complete explanation: Hong Kong’s regulatory toolkit is operationally both extensive and highly nuanced. It mainly adopts ex post-regulatory approach, consumer protection and a particularly extensive consultation process with both the industry and the general public. This consultation process is debatably one of the most intensive and interactive in the world. OFCA also collaborates with the industry to implement self-regulatory measures to better safeguard consumers’ interests.

    The challenge is multifaceted and, arguably, needs to serve a variety of stakeholders. OFCA sees itself as a regulator, but also as a facilitator of industry progress in Hong Kong, as well as an agency of consumer protection.

    This audiocast, recorded in Hong Kong, examines the nature of this regulatory activity and balance, discusses spectrum management in the 5G rollout, and subsidy programs for extension of fiber-based networks to villages in remote areas.

    Topics covered include:
    The pro-competition and light-handed regulatory approaches in Hong Kong
    Toolkit available to the regulator
    Interactive consultation process with both the industry and the general public
    Self-regulatory schemes to safeguard consumer interests, e.g., the Customer Complaint Settlement Scheme
    Spectrum allocation for 5G service rollout
    Subsidy scheme for extension of fiber-based networks to villages in remote areas
    The regulator as facilitator
    Agnes Wong
    Director General of Communications

    Agnes Wong took up the post of Director-General of Communications for the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in August 2017.

    As the Director-General of Communications, Ms. Wong heads the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), the executive arm of the Communications Authority (CA), and is an ex-officio member of the CA.

    The CA is an independent statutory body and the regulator for both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Hong Kong.

    Ms. Wong provides support to the CA in the exercise of the CA’s statutory functions under the Telecommunications Ordinance, Broadcasting Ordinance, Broadcasting (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance and Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (UEMO). These mainly cover licensing matters for both the telecommunications and the broadcasting sectors, management of radio spectrum, enforcement of the provisions safeguarding fair competition and UEMO, as well as giving advice to the government regarding telecommunications and broadcasting matters.

    Ms. Wong is also appointed as the Director of Films, Newspapers and Articles Administration, and is responsible for enforcing the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO), along with overseeing the work pursuant to COIAO, while acting as the Film Censorship Authority, and the registrar of newspapers.

    Before taking up her current post, Ms. Wong was the Deputy Secretary for Transport and Housing (Housing)/Deputy Director of Housing (Strategy) from October 2012 to July 2017.

    • 15 min
    Innovation - Is Blockchain the Next Big Thing?

    Innovation - Is Blockchain the Next Big Thing?

    What you will learn in this audio cast (11 min 42 sec):

    Blockchain is now a serious contender for sparking a digital transformation within the service provider sector worldwide.

    Already proof of concept projects have demonstrated greater efficiencies may be possible, particular in the back office space. However, blockchain seems an obscure and even mysterious development: what does it actually accomplish?

    In this podcast, PTC is providing a coffee break primer on what it is and where it’s going, with a compilation of multiple perspectives and insights from industry leaders.

    We examine the present status of blockchain, its possible applications in the future, and how thought leaders are contemplating using it in the industry.

    There are many questions still being answered. What advantages and benefits can a service provider give its customers with blockchain mediated transactions? Is a greater innovation mix now arriving for service providers? Should the industry collaborate to provide a common approach? Are there benefits in accomplishing this? Is blockchain the next big thing?

    Carl Grivner, CEO, Colt Technology Services
    Eran Haggiag, Executive Chairman and CoFounder, Clear
    Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCWGlobal

    • 11 min
    Jonathan Berney: China - Are data centers the new frontier?

    Jonathan Berney: China - Are data centers the new frontier?

    Interviewee: Jonathan Berney, COO, Chayora

    Chayora is an early stage player with a single focus: to build a series of hyperscale, fully licensed data center campuses in key locations across China. Chayora will provide Chinese and international companies a full range of facilities up to international standards.

    Topics covered in this podcast:

    • The changing Chinese market in the light of China’s five year plan
    • The structure of the Chinese data center industry
    • Project management for data center construction in China
    • Factors that affect the Chinese market

    The first Chayora site is being developed at Tianjin to serve the greater Beijing and northern provinces; one is now under negotiation in Shanghai to serve the eastern provinces. Other key southern and central locations will follow.

    • 14 min
    Johannes Gungl: Europe - Reaching For A 1 Trillion Euro Data Economy

    Johannes Gungl: Europe - Reaching For A 1 Trillion Euro Data Economy

    What you will learn in this audiocast (11 min 51 sec):
    · The European organization for regulation
    · Near term work programs
    · Regulation and the European data economy
    · Net neutrality: what approach does Europe take vis-a-vis other parts of the world?
    · Consumer contract overhaul
    · Regulation in the 5G era
    · Cooperation with Canada
    · Upcoming national spectrum management issues

    Johannes Gungl is CEO for Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) and he is currently chairing the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Mr. Gungl has almost 20 years of experience in the Austrian and European telecommunications industry, working in the field of legal and regulatory affairs for several fixed-line and mobile operators. Before his appointment as CEO of RTR, Mr. Gungl served as General Counsel and Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for Orange Austria. Mr. Gungl holds a law degree from the University Graz and a postgraduate degree for European Law from the University of Innsbruck.

    • 11 min

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