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RadComms2014: Final program

Spectrum rebootedtaking stock

Date: 10 & 11 September 2014
Venue: Australian Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney

 

DAY ONE—10 September: Driving Australian productivity

8.00–9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

5 mins 

Welcome and introduction

Richard Bean, Deputy Chair, ACMA

20 mins 

Opening address: 'Taking stock'

Chris Chapman, Chairman and CEO, ACMA

30 mins

Keynote address

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications

Session 1 

Productivity and innovation—taking stock
The external environment that the ACMA operates within is rapidly changing and evolving. New technologies and services are emerging and demand for access by new services to encumbered spectrum is increasing, along with the complexities associated with implementing appropriate and equitable access arrangements.

 

Alongside the existing spectrum management functions involved in the planning, licensing and allocation of spectrum, regulating the supply of communications equipment, or undertaking its compliance and enforcement obligations, the ACMA is also involved in—and contributes to—the broader communications policy initiatives initiated by government.

5 mins

Session introduction

Richard Bean, Deputy Chair, ACMA

10 mins

The ACMA’s historical approach to productivity and innovation issues

Giles Tanner, General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA

10 mins

Future strategy for mobile broadband

Chris Hose, Executive Manager, Spectrum Planning & Engineering, ACMA

10.20–10.50 am

Morning tea

10 mins

Perspective on productivity and innovation within the broadcasting sector and future directions for broadcast spectrum policy in Australia

Julie Flynn, Chief Executive Officer, Free TV Australia

20 mins 

The productivity consequences of flexible regulation

Ian Martin, Regional Head CIMB Securities Limited

20 mins 

Current R&D activities using spectrum—Australia was a world leader with Wi-Fi, where to next?

Chris Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, Taggle Systems

20 mins 

Panel session

Speakers

12.00–1.00 pm

Lunch 

Session 2

Innovation driving productivity—technology and applications
Increasing importance is being placed on spectrum as an economic enabler for the Australian economy. The quick adoption of new technologies and services ensure economic benefits accrue to both industry and consumers. Therefore, it is important that the radiocommunications regulatory framework is able to quickly respond to the changing spectrum environment and continue to meet stakeholder needs. Where can the ACMA’s existing arrangements change to further enable the uptake or deployment of new technologies or services?

5 mins 

Session introduction

Chris Cheah, Member, ACMA

20 mins 

How is spectrum being used for machine-to-machine industrial communications? What are the benefits? What is the future?

Alan Seery, Principal Infrastructure and Communications Strategy—Office of the CIO, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

20 mins 

Autonomous robotic intelligence and UAV’s—how these new technologies are driving productivity

Mark Xavier, Managing Director V-TOL Aerospace

20 mins 

The future of terrestrial television technology—Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television

Damian McNamara, Head of Technology Solutions, Seven Network

20 mins 

Changing uses of spectrum by Defence users

Captain Paul Scott, Director J6 Support/Director ICT Capability Coordination, Department of Defence

20 mins 

Panel session

Speakers

2.45–3.15 pm

Afternoon tea 

Session 3

Managing change—challenges in balancing certainty and flexibility
The pace at which demand emerges places increased pressure on existing spectrum management arrangements and incumbent services. The tension involved in balancing the needs of incumbent users and uses of spectrum, with facilitating access by prospective or new uses and users, requires the ACMA to make decisions that will affect the availability of spectrum.

 

Licensees value certainty of tenure and low risk of interference. However, increasing demand combined with the relatively static supply of ‘premium’ spectrum increases pressure for spectrum to be used more efficiently. In this environment, to what extent are current and potential users willing to trade-off traditional certainty and exclusivity in order to increase access to premium spectrum?

5 mins 

Session introduction

Rosemary Sinclair, Member, ACMA 

15 mins 

Challenges in balancing certainty and flexibility—ACMA view

David Brumfield, Executive Manager, Spectrum Management Policy, ACMA

20 mins 

Balancing certainty and flexibility—industry perspective: Which does industry value more—certainty or flexibility of access? 

Brian Miller, General Manager, Regulatory Operations, Telstra

20 mins

 

Balancing certainty and flexibility—government user perspective: What do government users value more—certainty or flexibility of access? 

Bruce Forgan, Assistant Director, Observations and Engineering, BOM

30 mins

Panel session

Speakers and two audience members

4.45 pm                      

Wrap-up session and Day One summary 

15 mins

Day One summary (Conference ends at 5.00 pm or just after) 

Richard Bean, Deputy Chair, ACMA

5.30–7.00 pm

Welcome reception, Yots Cafe

 

DAY TWO—11 September: Innovation in the spectrum regulation space

8.30–9.00 am

Arrival, tea and coffee

Session 4

Innovations in spectrum management—domestic perspectives
The ACMA recognises our regulatory frameworks are likely to come under increasing pressure from the rapid change in pace in the external environment. Over the next few years, we expect that additional pressure will be placed on our existing capability to respond flexibly to new spectrum management challenges. From an industry perspective, what are these additional pressures and how should the ACMA position itself and its regulatory framework to respond?

5 mins 

Session introduction

Louise Benjamin, Member, ACMA

20 mins 

Reducing regulatory red tape on industry and better ways of doing business

Peter Hilly, Director, Spectrum Engineering

20 mins

How innovations in spectrum management can improve access to spectrum

Hamish Duff, President, ARCIA 

20 mins 

Reducing regulatory costs and what this means for radiocommunications reform

John Stanton, Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance 

25 mins 

Panel session

Speakers and two audience members

10.30–11.00 am 

Morning tea

Session 5 

Innovations in spectrum management—international perspectives
Following the discussions in Session 4 on Australian perspectives, this session will consider international perspectives on additional pressures that are being placed on spectrum management frameworks. What are the experiences of international regulators in responding to these pressures and what lessons can Australia learn from this?

10 mins

Session introduction

James Cameron, Member, ACMA

20 mins

International perspective

Chris Woolford, Director of international Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, United Kingdom

20 mins 

International perspective

Lynne Fancy, Senior Director, Spectrum Management Operations, Industry Canada 

20 mins 

International perspective

Fiona Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand

15 mins 

Panel session

Speakers

12.30–1.30 pm

Lunch 

Session 6 

Review of spectrum regulation
On 23 May 2014, the Minister for Communications announced a review of the spectrum policy and management framework. The purpose of the review is to examine what policy and regulatory changes are needed to meet current challenges and ensure the framework will serve Australia well into the future. The outcome of the review will have ongoing effect on the ACMA’s spectrum management strategy and function into the future. In particular, it is likely to influence the principles and objectives underpinning the spectrum management function and the mechanisms within which the ACMA can continue to move spectrum to its highest value use.

 

This session provides an opportunity for stakeholders to participate in a panel discussion with government and industry representatives about their predictions and expectations of the outcome of the review.

5 mins 

Session introduction

Chris Cheah, Member, ACMA

20 mins 

Review of spectrum policy and management framework—government update (spectrum review)

Ian Robinson, Deputy Secretary, Telecommunications Group, Department of Communications

15 mins 

Review of spectrum policy and management framework—ACMA perspective

Giles Tanner, General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA

15 mins  

Review of spectrum policy and management framework—mobile telecommunications provider perspective

Chris Althaus, Chief Executive Officer, AMTA

30 mins 

Speakers

3.00 pm 

Wrap-up session and conference summary

15 mins

Conference wrap-up

Richard Bean, Deputy Chair, ACMA

3.15 pm

Conference close

 

 

Last updated: 15 September 2014

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