USTTI-NTIA: “5G – Creating a Whole of Government Strategy and Enabling a Dynamic Market”

USTTI/NTIA 5G Webinar Training January 12-14, 2021


 “5G – Creating a Whole of Government Strategy and Enabling a Dynamic Market”


The USTTI and NTIA three-day webinar training session will share the US government experience in developing a national strategy for 5G.  Through presentations, panels, and discussion, the training will provide a description of how the process was coordinated among several government agencies with diverse responsibilities. An overview of the spectrum policy decisions that were needed to expand 5G technologies, networks and services will also be provided along with an introduction to the work being conducted to develop and deploy Open Radio Networks.

January 12, 2021

Opening Session:  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* Creating a Whole of Government Strategy

This session intends to introduce the topic and explain the scope of work that went into developing the National 5G Strategy and Implementation Plan, and will feature speakers from diverse agencies as to specific aspects of the strategy.

9:00     Welcome Remarks:  NTIA Deputy Assistant Secretary Carolyn Roddy

9:15 – 10:45 United States Interagency Roles in Implementing a 5G Strategy

  • NTIA:  Jaisha Wray, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs
  • DHS: Robert Kolasky, Assistant Director, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency National Risk Management Center
  • FCC:  Tom Sullivan, Chief, International Bureau
  • State:  Ruth Berry, Acting Director for Bilateral and Regional Affairs, International Communications and Information Policy (CIP), State Department
  • USAID:  Thomas Koutsky, Senior Connectivity Advisor, USAID Global Development Lab

10:45 – 11:30 Discussion and Q&A

January 13, 2021

Second Session:  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* Enabling a Dynamic Market

This session will cover the key role of spectrum policy in relation to the introduction and/or expansion of 5G technologies, networks, and services.  This session will also cover considerations for governments when building out their 5G networks, such as the Prague Principles.

9:00     Welcome Remarks:  Rob Blair, Director for Policy and Strategic Planning, Department of Commerce

9:15 – 10:00 Spectrum Allocation Issues

  • NTIA, Office of Spectrum Management:  Charles Cooper, Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management
  • FCC:  Tom Sullivan, Chief, International Bureau

10:00 – 10:15 Questions and Answers

10:15 – 11:15 The Prague Proposals and other considerations when building out your 5G network

  • Czech Republic:  Daniel Peder Bagge, Cyber Attaché to the U.S. and Canada
  • CSIS:  Jim Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of the Technology and Public Policy Program
  • Nokia: Grace Koh, Vice President Legislative Affairs
  • ITI:   Rob Strayer, Executive Vice President of Policy

11:15 – 11:45 Questions and answers

January 14, 2021

Third Session:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.* Open and Interoperable Networks to Support Vendor Diversity

This session will discuss efforts by industry to develop and deploy methods of enhancing the openness and interoperability in Radio Access Networks to support vendor diversity. 

9:00– 10:00 Welcome and introduction to ORAN and Vendor Diversity – Andy Thiessen, NTIA

10:00 – 11:30 Industry Roundtable

  • Chris Boyer, VP – Security & Technology Policy, AT&T Global Public Policy
  • Caroline Chan, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, Intel
  • David Hutton, Chief Engineer, Telecom Infra Project

*All times listed are US Eastern Standard Time.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Like USTTI’s traditional in person training USTTI’s webinars are designed for ICT (Information Communication Technology) officials; entrepreneurs; wireless, satellite, telehealth, and emergency communications professionals who are employed in the public or private sector of a developing country. While substantial practical experience in a developing country’s communications infrastructure is required for all in person training, registration in USTTI Webinars is open to all developing-country officials. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.