Session Description

Policy and regulation must evolve to support our rapidly changing society and industry, amplified by unprecedented social and economic challenges posed by the pandemic. Examining the key opportunities, GSMA’s Digital Government Summit will discuss modern spectrum requirements and new approaches that will enable innovation and the growth of digital applications, and how current data frameworks are adapting to innovation and enabling change for our long-term future.


Spectrum, Spectrum, Spectrum
14:00 - 15:15 (GMT+8)

Mobile technologies, including 5G, rely fundamentally on the availability and usability of radio spectrum. The success of 5G will be built on a broad range of spectrum resources to fulfil its vision for enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable low-latency communications. As 5G is being deployed globally, the mid-band spectrum, such as the 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz, has been immensely valuable for providing a good balance between coverage and capacity and thus allowing more people to access 5G at more affordable prices. However, the amount of spectrum in today’s mid-bands is limited due to other incumbent services, and very soon capacity will run dry facing the rapidly rising 5G usage. As more high-band spectrum such as the 26 GHz in the mmWave bands will be made available to enable greater capacity and speeds, it’s still critical that the governments and industry work together to explore additional mid-band spectrum to safeguard the rapid development of 5G at a greater scale. This session will explore the prospects and roads ahead for the 6 GHz band, a potential global mid-band spectrum for 5G and beyond, with leading policymakers and industry executives.


Virtual Networking
15:15 - 16:00 (GMT+8)

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Digital Economy Empowered by Data in a Changing World
16:00 - 17:15 (GMT+8)

The pandemic has forever changed society and businesses with enduring implications for social interactions and ways of doing business. In the immense undertaking to manage the crisis and save lives, it was connectivity that ensured the functioning of emergency services, enabled separated families and friends to stay in touch, and allowed large parts of the workforce to continue working productively. However, this unprecedented crisis brought significant challenges to governments as the world quickly shifted to virtual meetings and digital transactions over physical presence, such as the privacy of consumers and the safety of data. This session aims to explore policy challenges and ways forward in a digitally driven society where people’s virtual presence and personal data are tightly integrated into the new normal. It will also examine how governments can safeguard the use of data in a global economy that is increasingly digital when travel and physical contacts will be limited for the foreseeable future.


Virtual Networking
17:15 (GMT+8)

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