16th European Spectrum Management Conference

16th European Spectrum Management Conference

Day 2, Session 6i: Plotting the emerging ecosystem in the lower 6 GHz band (5925-6425 MHz)

Dated: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12:50pm – 2:00pm (CET)

A decision has been taken in Europe to open up lower portion of the 6 GHz band (5925-6425 MHz) for licence-exempt / WiFi use, with low power indoor (LPI) and very low power (VLP) unlicensed uses of the band now authorised. This session will look at the next steps, at the new use cases that are going to be enabled within the band. It will also examine the measures that have been put in place to protect incumbent users in the band as well as those in adjacent bands, and compare the approach in Europe to those in other regions around the world—for example in the US where standard power devices are permitted, under the control of an Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) system.

  • What is classified as low power indoor (LPI) and very low power (VLP) unlicensed uses of the band, and what new innovative applications could this help facilitate?
  • What measures have been put in place to protect incumbent (satellite and fixed links) users in the band, and also users in adjacent bands (for example intelligent transport systems in the 5.9 GHz band)?
  • Are these measures sufficient to fully ensure that any harmful interference is avoided?
  • How does the approach to opening up the band in Europe differ from that in the US, and what measures to protecting against interference are being seen there?
Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson
Vice President and Vice Chair,
Sr. Director, Business Development & Regulatory Policy


With over 38 years of spectrum management experience, Mark is responsible for developing domestic and international business opportunities for CommScope. In addition to leading technical and business development efforts for numerous wireless and spectrum-related products and services, he has led efforts to address spectrum sharing between Federal government and commercial users. He leads CommScope’s CBRS efforts on the Spectrum Access System/Environmental Sensing Capability and the efforts to develop, test and certify the Automated Frequency Coordination system for 6 GHz unlicensed bands. He is a board member of the CBRS Alliance and an officer on the board of the Wireless Innovation Forum. He is a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, where he has also co-chaired working groups related to spectrum sharing and data exchange issues and has testified before the U.S. Congress on spectrum-related matters. He has led spectrum management efforts including spectrum sharing analysis protocols and sharing criteria, as well as development of engineering services and software products. He speaks frequently and has authored several papers on spectrum sharing and relocation and has advised numerous wireless participants in their system design. He is a Life Member of IEEE. He has an amateur radio license and is an instrument-rated commercial pilot.

Philippe Defraigne, Founding Director, Cullen International
Other Speakers:
Päivi Ruuska, Spectrum management, Telia Company
Guillaume Lebrun, Public Policy Manager, Facebook
Caroline Paulet van Haetsdaele, Telecom Manager for CBTCs, RATP
Pavel Sistek, Senior Specialist, Czech Telecommunication Office