Meeting of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force

February 6, 2023 - February 8, 2023
Venue: Jamaica

6th – 8th February 2023

In Person, Jamaica (with limited remote participation)

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, invite you to attend a scheduled meeting of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica from 6th to 8th February 2023.

Background

Regional harmonisation of spectrum management policies and practices as well as relevant capacity building initiatives are being coordinated regionally by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) through the work of the Spectrum Management Steering Committee (SMSC) and the multi-stakeholder Spectrum Management Task Force (SMTF). The harmonisation work continues to be guided by tenets of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Strategic Plan developed by these two groups, which seeks to achieve the following goals across the region:

  • Harmonization of national frequency allocations and band plans, including common frequencies and international protocols for disaster management and emergency telecommunications
  • Minimization of cross border interference
  • Establishment of common approaches to digital broadcasting switchover, TV white spaces regulation and spectrum pricing.

In addition to focusing on these goals, the ongoing work of the SMTF and SMSC also creates and leverages capacity-building opportunities and addresses important current matters arising, such as regional preparations for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC-23 is upcoming).

During the last meeting of the SMTF, which was convened virtually via Zoom Videoconferencing in two sessions over the period 21st to 22nd November 2022, the Task Force reviewed and updated status of items in its Action Plan for 2022 and initiated planning of 2023 activities and meetings. This February 2023 meeting will complete 2023 action planning and advance completion of objectives and action items so identified.  The meeting will also build the capacity of participants in spectrum management, including students of UWI’s Mona Campus, through informative and interactive presentations and workshop sessions.

Spectrum Management Task Force (SMTF) Meeting Objectives: 6th – 8th February 2023

The main objectives of this meeting, which is open to representatives of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force, Steering Committee and other resource personnel are:

  • to formulate and document the SMTF’s Action Plan for 2023
  • to facilitate meetings of the SMTF’s topic-focussed working groups to expedite formulation of harmonized proposals for the consideration of the full SMTF
  • to engage with industry stakeholders to gather useful and relevant information
  • to work collectively to address relevant matters arising for the attention of the Task Force, and
  • to consider plans and meetings for 2023 in the run-up to WRC-23.

Limited Remote Participation

This will be primarily an in-person meeting with limited facilities for remote participation.

Registration and Attendance

All information related to attending and conducting the meeting including registration, agenda, documents, hotel logistics etc. may be found on the event web site.  Persons are encouraged to visit this site regularly for progressive updates of the provisional agenda and other useful information in the run-up to the meeting.

Target Audience

  • Members of the Spectrum Management Task Force
  • Representatives (Policy Makers and Regulators) from CTU member countries
  • Caribbean telecommunications industry practitioners and stakeholders
  • Telecommunications industry associations and regional organisations
  • International telecommunications organisations
  • CTU Secretariat support staff.

Members of the Spectrum Management Steering Committee are not required to be on site but are welcome to follow proceedings remotely as might be feasible.

AGENDA

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Day 1: Monday 6th February 2023 Day 2: Tuesday 7th February 2023 Day 3: Wednesday 8th February 2023

 

Day 1: Monday 6th February 2023

Indicative Time (EST)

Agenda Items

Lead / Presenter

9:00 a.m. Welcome Mr. Nigel Cassimire
Deputy Secretary-General, CTU
9:02 – 9:05 National Anthem
9:05 – 9:10 Invocation Pastor Rodcliffe Robertson
9:10 – 9:20 Remarks Prof. Lloyd George Waller
Executive Director, Global Tourism Resilience, UWI, Mona Campus
9:20 – 9:30 Remarks Mr. Rodney Taylor
Secretary-General, CTU
9:30 – 9:45 Feature Address Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn
State Minister, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Government of Jamaica
9:45 – 10:00 GROUP PHOTO
10:00 – 10:15 COFFEE BREAK

Satellite Industry presentations / Workshops

10:15 – 10:45 Enabling Ka-Band NGSO Earth Stations in Motion Mr. Mario Neri
Director, Spectrum Strategy and Innovation – Telesat, and Chair of Agenda Item 1.16
10:45 – 11:15 Additional Spectrum for Earth Station in Motion in the Ku band  Mr. Adrián Herbera
Senior Principal Regulatory Engineer — Intelsat
11:15 – 11:45 Licensing Considerations and Recommendations for Earth Stations in Motion Ms. Catherine Hinckley
Regional Director, Market Access, Americas – TelesatMs. Michelle Caldeira
Senior Legal and Regulatory Counsel – SES
11:45 – 12:15 WRC-23 Agenda Item 1.2: (3.6-3.8 GHz) The Need for a Balanced Approach Mr. Adrián Herbera
Senior Principal Regulatory Engineer — Intelsat
12:15 – 12:30 Questions and Answers
12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH

Industry presentations / Workshops

2:00 –  2:30 WRC-23 Agenda Item 1.2:
Updates re IMT Systems
Dr. Veena Rawat
President & CEO, Expert Strategies International, LLC
2:30 – 3:00 Importance of Unlicensed Access to the 6 GHz Band in Caribbean Countries Mr. Sebastian Kaplan
Head of Connectivity & Access Policy, Spanish-speaking LATAM, Meta
3:00 –  3:15 Questions and Answers
3:15 – 3:30 COFFEE BREAK
3:30 – 4:45 Status review of the 2022 Action Plan STMF Chair
4:45 – 5:00 Wrap up and end of Day 1

 

Day 2: Tuesday 7th February 2023

Indicative Time (EST)

Agenda Items

Lead / Presenter

9:00 – 9:05 Day 1 Review and Day 2 Overview SMTF Chair
9:05 – 9:45 Thematic areas for the 2023 Action Plan
(Discussion and identification of main items to be addressed in 2023)
SMTF Chair

Industry presentations / Workshops

9:45 – 10:30 Network Infrastructure in the 5G Era and Beyond Mr. Osamu Kamimura
Vice President
Head of Spectrum Policy, Softbank
10:30 – 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45 – 12:15 Digital Broadcasting Switchover

  • Value of ATSC 3.0

 

  • Jamaican Switchover Experience and Lessons Learned
 

Mr. Skip Pizzi
Consultant, Skip Pizzi Media Consultant LLC
 

Mr. Gary Allen
Chief Executive Officer
RJR GLEANER Communications Group

12:15 – 12:30 Question and Answers  
12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 – 2:30 Status of CITEL Inter-American Proposals re WRC-23 Mr. Carmelo Rivera
Advantage Consulting and Engineering Services
2:30 – 3:00 Discussion of WRC-23 Caribbean priorities and identification of SMTF Coordinators & Vice coordinators for Agenda Items SMTF Chair / CTU
3:00 – 3:15 COFFEE BREAK

BREAKOUTS:  SMTF Working Group workshops

3:15 – 4:15 Harmonisation of Priority Bands Working Group Chair
3:15 – 4:15 Emergency Communications Working Group Chair
3:15 – 4:15 Spectrum Pricing Working Group Chair
4:15 – 4:30 Wrap up and close of Day 2
6:45 – 10:00 Official Dinner

 

Day 3: Wednesday 8th February 2023

Indicative Time (EST) Agenda Items Lead / Presenter
9:00 – 9:05 Day 2 Review and Day 3 Overview SMTF Chair
9:05 – 10:30 Formulation of the 2023 Action Plan (including inputs from Working Groups)

  • Determine action items and time frames
  • Draft 2023 Action Plan document
SMTF Chair / CTU
10:30 – 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45 – 12:30 Formulation of the 2023 Action Plan (including inputs from Working Groups)

  • Determine action items and time frames
  • Draft 2023 Action Plan document
SMTF Chair / CTU
12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 – 3:30 Formulation of the 2023 Action Plan (including inputs from Working Groups)

  • Determine action items and time frames
  • Draft 2023 Action Plan document
 SMTF Chair / CTU
3:30 – 4:00 2023 Meetings & Collaboration Outlook SMTF Chair / CTU
4:00 – 4:15 Any Other Business/ Wrap up SMTF Chair
END OF SMTF MEETING