Spectrum for 5G - licensed, shared and unlicensed

  • Tuesday, 13 June, 14:30-16:00, Room Theatre Big Stage


Motivation and Background:

In terms of global harmonisation, 3GPP and ITU are moving forward with standards and spectrum for 5G. No wireless 5G services can be provided credibly without internationally agreed technical specifications and access to sufficient amount of harmonised radio spectrum. Spectrum is an essential enabler for 5G, and significant changes in spectrum characteristics are expected with respect to previous generations, including the amount and bandwidth of spectrum, type of spectral bands, and also the ways of authorizing the use of spectrum, including unlicensed and shared use of spectrum. This panel would give an overview of the current status in spectrum for 5G, and what we should expect in the future.



  1. Requirements from key applications and verticals; what spectrum and how much is needed to serve which verticals?
  2. What is technologically possible when moving towards various sharing solutions (e.g. LSA) and for what type of services?
  3. Which level of quantitative spectrum efficiency gain can we expect in 5G compared to 4G, taking into account the usual methodologies for spectrum efficiency (increase of waveform spectrum efficiency + higher density + new frequencies + WiFi offload etc.)?
  4. What is needed to make this happen?
  5. What should happen with the authorisation conditions, and by when?



The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Mikko A. Uusitalo (Head of the Research Department on Wireless Advanced Technologies, Nokia Bell Labs, Finland)
  • Terje Tjelta (Senior Research Scientist and Spectrum WG lead, Telenor Research, Norway)
  • Bo Andersson (Chief Economist, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), Sweden)
  • Yue Wang (Principal 5G Researcher, Samsung Electronics, UK)
  • Marja Matinmikko (Project Manager, Centre for Wireless Communications Oulu, Finland)


Presentations Available!



Mikko A. Uusitalo is Head of the Research Department on Wireless Advanced Technologies at Nokia Bell Labs, Finland. Mikko is leading a Nokia internal program bringing together spectrum topics in the company around research, regulation and standardization. He obtained an M.Sc. (Eng.) and a Dr.Tech. in 1993 and 1997, and a B.Sc. (economics) in 2003, all from predecessors of Aalto University. He has been at Nokia since 2000 in various roles, including Principal Researcher and Head of International Cooperation at Nokia Research. He is a founding member of the CELTIC EUREKA and WWRF; the latter, he chaired for 2004–2006. Mikko is one of the founders of the Metis EU project and lead the spectrum WP in the project. He has more than 100 pending or granted patents. Mikko has been chair or co-chair of panels in six major events (including IEEE ICC and IEEE Globecom) as well as panellist in around 10 major conferences, like IEEE Dyspan.



Marja Matinmikko is University Researcher and Project Manager at Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu. Prior to joining CWC in 2016, she worked at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd in 2001-2015 where she led national spectrum sharing trial projects. Currently she manages uO5G project for developing a new micro operator concept to boost local service delivery in 5G from business, technology and regulatory perspectives. She holds a Dr.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Oulu about spectrum sharing techniques, and is finalizing her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management on stakeholder analysis for Licensed Shared Access (LSA) concept. She received “Young Scientist of the Year” award in Finland in 2013 for her active collaboration between industry, academic, and regulatory domains. She chaired cognitive radio system (CRS) studies at ITU-R WP5A in 2012-2014. She has published around 100 scientific papers and 100 contributions to spectrum regulatory forums in Europe (CEPT) and globally (ITU).


Terje Tjelta is Senior Research Scientist at Telenor Research. He received the MSc degree in physics from the University of Bergen, in 1980, and Dr. Philos from the University of Tromsø in 1997. He joined Telenor in 1980, spent one year in 1984/85 at Centre National d'Études des Télécommunications in France, and is part time lecturer at University of Oslo. His research covers radio communications systems. He has experience from several international co-operative research projects and standardisation activities for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R). He has been co-ordinator of several European collaborative projects. Tjelta is steering board member of the European Technology Platform NetWorld2020, board member of the 5G Infrastructure Association, which is the private counterpart of 5G PPP, and member of the 5G PPP Partnership Board.



Yue Wang is a Principal 5G Researcher at Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK, where she works on advanced 5G technologies including device-centric network, self-organised network, and its vertical applications. She is also the coordinator of Horizon 2020 5G-PPP project mmMAGIC. Prior to joining Samsung, since 2007, she has worked in various R&D roles in wireless communications in the US and the UK. Yue obtained her Ph.D. from University of Victoria, BC, Canada, (co)authored over 30 refereed journal and conference papers, and has over 30 patents pending or granted patents. Yue is a senior member of IEEE.




Bo Andersson has been the Chief Economist of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) since 2006. Mr Andersson has more than 20 years of experience from infrastructure industries. Bo Andersson has a Ph.D. in economics from Stockholm School of Economics and has a background as a researcher. He has written several papers and journal articles on price formation and competition in deregulated markets. Prior to his current position as Chief Economist he has worked as a market analyst in the power sector and as a consultant, working primarily with infrastructure issues, for different government agencies and industries.