Workshop 92021-10-11T16:12:05+00:00

Spectrum Sharing for the Digital Ecosystem Towards 6G

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 9:30-11:00/11:30-13:00/14:00-15:30/16:00-17:30, Zoom Room
  • Doriana Guiducci European Communications Office, Denmark
  • Pravir Chawdhry EC Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Jaime Afonso European Communications Office, Denmark
  • Gianmarco Baldini EC Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • Marina Barbiroli University of Bologna, Italy
  • Martin Bisig BAKOM, Switzerland
  • Oliver Holland Advanced Wireless Technology Group Ltd
  • Ingrid Moerman imec – Ghent University, Belgium
  • Jarkko Paavola Turku University of Applied Science, Finland
  • Octavian Popescu EUCOMREG, Belgium
  • Kandeepan Sithamparanathan RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Petri Mähönen Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany

Motivation and Background

This workshop is intended to highlight the current status and future strategic challenges of studies, techniques and regulation to enable the shared and efficient access to spectrum and further develop the spectrum sharing paradigm with appreciation of regulatory needs and technological enablers, as well as underlying research challenges.
The 5G and future 6G ecosystems blur the traditional boundaries between wired and wireless, terrestrial and satellite, as well as between the use of licensed and unlicensed frequency bands, under different authorisation regimes. As a result, the efficient use of spectrum is becoming a major regulatory challenge, which calls for future-proof strategies and rules to allow more rapid access to airwaves and to promote innovation. Spectrum sharing is the key enabler to maximise efficiency of spectrum resources, deliver digital services in the coming decades and provide more flexibility in spectrum management for verticals.
Emerging technologies such as cognitive radio, geolocation databases and the use of higher frequencies bring new opportunities for sharing, but pose new technical and regulatory challenges. Balanced access to spectrum is required, allowing new users while granting protection to incumbents. Coexistence should be assessed through simulations and measurements under proper assumptions derived from the best available information. In this context, Machine Learning and Deep Learning (Artificial Intelligence) can play a significant role to enhance the spectrum sharing efficiency. The workshop will describe some key aspects for the application of artificial intelligence to spectrum sharing. Another important aspect is the experimental evaluation of new techniques and approaches, such as cognitive radio or geolocation databases, through open testbeds and development platforms for spectrum sharing, which can be used by the research community.
The workshop will put together a visionary team of leading researchers, spectrum regulators and industry players to explore a forward-looking roadmap towards a flexible spectrum management strategy in Europe.



Session 1: Spectrum sharing – setting the scene

  • “Spectrum challenges towards 6G” – Chris Woolford, European Communications Committee (ECC)
  • “A regulatory view on Spectrum Sharing” – Mauro Martino, Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG)
  • “What role will spectrum access and sustainability play in 6G service provision?” Oulu 6G Flagship, Marja Matinmikko-Blue, University of Oulu, Finland
  • “Why spectrum sharing is needed for 5G” – Oliver Holland, Advanced Wireless Technology Group Ltd., UK


Session 2: Machine Learning/Deep Learning in Spectrum Sharing

  • “On the Application of Machine Learning/Deep Learning in Spectrum Sharing” – Gianmarco Baldini and Isabella Cerutti – European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
  • “Spectrum Occupancy Prediction Using Machine Learning” – Kandeepan Sithamparanathan, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia


Coffee break 


Session 3: Techniques and tools to enable the shared access to spectrum 


  • “Spectrum sharing and compatibility studies in the European regulatory context” – Peter Faris, European Communications Office, CEPT, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • “New Techniques for Sharing Spectrum – Monitoring and Big Data”, Richard Womersley, LS Telcom, UK
  • “Tools and Techniques for Spectrum Sharing for Research and Regulatory Support” – Claudia Carciofi, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy


Session 4: Experiments and pilots on spectrum sharing


  • “Spectrum sharing in 5G – Experience from 5G-Xcast Project” – Tero Jokela, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • “State of the art in spectrum sharing deployment worldwide” – Heikki Kokkinen, Fairspectrum OY, Finland
  • “Frequency Sharing Topics of 5G Satellite Networks”, Maria Guta, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands





Session 5: International perspective on spectrum sharing 


  • “From Collaborative Spectrum Sharing in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge to Dynamic Spectrum Allocation in Satellite Communication”, Ingrid Moerman, imec – Ghent University, Belgium
  • “Considerations Regarding Location-Based Spectrum Sharing Standardisation” – Octavian Popescu, – Eucomreg, Belgium
  • “Preparing for the future communication ecosystem – A perspective from the Satellite Industry”– Miia Mustonen, Intelsat, London, UK



Focus talk

“A European testbed for spectrum sharing studies based on AI/ML techniques “
Pravir Chawdhry, (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission),
Doriana Guiducci, (European Communications Office, CEPT)


Coffee break 



Session 6: Regulator’s perspective on spectrum sharing 

  • “The path to 6G – a regulator’s perspective”, Richard Moore OFCOM, United Kingdom
  • “The PMSE Audio Frequency Blockchain for Audiovisual and Entertainment Professionals”, Cédric Nozet, Yann Maigron, ANFR, France
  • “Technologically Managed Environment and Self-Regulation in mm Waves”, Pavel Sistek, Czech Telecommunication Office, Czech Republic
  • “Sharing in the 5G mm Bands”, Claudia Carciofi, FUB/MISE, Italy
  • “Spectrum sharing through LSA”, Miguel Capela, ANACOM, Portugal
  • “Slovene Vision on Spectrum Sharing”, Meta Pavšek Taškov AKOS, Slovenia
  • “Spectrum Sharing Between Private Networks and Public Mobile Networks in Denmark” Jeppe Tanderup Kristensen, ENS, Denmark

 Discussion and Conclusions

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