Cristian is responsible for providing policy advice and regulatory best practice on spectrum matters across markets in Asia Pacific and leads the regional engagement with governments on spectrum issues. He has over 17 years of experience in national spectrum regulation, international allocation and assignment strategy.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Cristian worked at the New Zealand spectrum regulator (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He served within Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the ITU as senior spectrum regulation and policy officer, providing assistance to Member States on spectrum issues primarily in Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
Within the New Zealand spectrum regulator he served as principal policy advisor. He worked in areas of policy development, legislative review and spectrum allocation. He represented the government at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), ITU Radiocommunication Assembly and the forums of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). Previously, he undertook other regulatory roles including spectrum planning, engineering and licensing and has a former engineering background in military communication systems and digital microwave communications.
He has authored publications on spectrum regulatory issues and has been a speaker at international regulatory forums in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Cristian’s academic background includes electronics and communications engineering (Chile, New Zealand), post-graduate studies in Public Policy (University of London) and an MBA (Massey University, New Zealand).
Meeting the growing demand for mobile broadband services and applications: Spectrum, a fundamental enabler
In 2019, 4G will become the leading mobile network technology worldwide by number of connections (more than 3 billion) – another major milestone for the mobile industry. Mobile operators have invested heavily in mobile broadband network infrastructure. Between 2015 and 2016, 4G population coverage grew from 48% to 66% of the world’s population.
Mobile internet adoption will increasingly become the key metric by which to measure the reach and value created by the mobile industry, including its contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also contributes to developments in the wider digital ecosystem, as mobile internet users are the addressable market for e-commerce and a range of digitally delivered services and content. Connected consumers are increasingly engaged in the digital world and consume a range of mobile-enabled services for education, agriculture, health, finance and utilities.
Although the mobile industry is delivering substantial achievements and its impact is growing, it is still far from realizing its full potential impact. Thanks to new technological developments, the mobile industry is at a crossroads. With new developments in mobile technology comes an opportunity to empower citizens and businesses using widespread ultra-fast connectivity. The mobile industry is ready to step up but governments must adopt supportive regulatory frameworks to enable all the benefits of using mobile connectivity. This is especially true for spectrum.