DSA Newsletter | Q2 2017 www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org events, future plans, news and more
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Keeping you updated about our activities! Here we highlight our latest work and focus on areas where we are empowering the next wave of spectrum access.
What a busy quarter it has been! The last few months have mostly focused on the DSA’s fifth annual Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa (May 9-11, 2017). However, in the run up to the Summit, I represented the DSA at Wi-Fi Now USA held in Washington, D.C., on a panel ‘Connecting the Unconnected with Wi-Fi and TVWS’. This was a great opportunity to provide insight from a policy and infrastructure perspective, while highlighting the great work that DSA members are already successfully undertaking around the world. This was particularly evident as the panel consisted of myself, and two DSA members, Adaptrum and Microsoft.
May’s DSA Global Summit was a great success, and I was fortunate to meet with you, the members, along with industry experts, regulators, and policy-makers. The fact that individuals from 21 countries, across five continents, attended the event is a tribute to the breadth of the work of the Alliance and its significance around the world.
The event was an ideal platform for us to announce and welcome the Alliance’s two newest members; Brightwave, a renowned technological firm whose objective is to provide Internet connectivity to underserved areas in South Africa, and ViaSat, the first broadband satellite service provider to join the membership.
ViaSat joining the Alliance is a significant moment in the history of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance as there has long been an unacknowledged synergy between the Alliance’s goals and objectives and those of the satellite industry, which is connectivity everywhere, as efficiently as possible. This is becoming important as we start to look at the infrastructure required for a seamlessly, wirelessly, connected society that reaches everywhere.
For the first time, we held an awards ceremony at this year’s Summit at which we recognised and celebrated the great work of individuals and organisations, highlighting their efforts to further innovation, increase inclusion, and pursue new opportunities in dynamic spectrum access.
The Summit successfully concluded with a discussion on investment in broadband infrastructure. Although great progress has been made to provide connectivity around the world, more must be done if we are to connect the final four billion. Over three days, we covered all aspects of spectrum-policy; the challenges around spectrum for Wi-Fi, 5G, the IoT, closing the digital divide, satellites, and best-case practices from around the world.
Since the Summit, I have represented the Alliance at the event ‘Expanding the Unlicensed Economy: Why More Unlicensed Spectrum Access is Key to Affordable Wireless Connectivity’ hosted by Microsoft and New America Open Technology Institute as part of its Wireless Future Project. The event was moderated by Michael Calabrese from New America Open Technology Institute and was a great success. At the event, I spoke about the importance of dynamic spectrum access to help solve the broadband spectrum requirements of the Gigabit Internet that customers are now demanding.  I also spoke about the need for 5.9 GHz spectrum and DFS improvements to enable Gigabit Wi-Fi, the need for larger channel bandwidths going forward, and highlighted the fact that as the demands on home-connectivity grow, our devices must keep pace and throughput over Wi-Fi networks will continue to be a critical component of defining the user experience.
Also in attendance at the event were DSA members Facebook. Alan Norman, public policy director for Facebook, discussed his company’s Terragraph initiative, which provides connectivity using unlicensed spectrum in the 60 GHz band. He explained regulatory issues include accessing sufficient bandwidth and working with municipalities to deploy equipment inexpensively and quickly.
In addition, Paul Garnett and Paula Boyd of Microsoft expressed a need for the FCC to provide sufficient spectrum for the market to ensure people in rural America can enjoy key services. Paul highlighted the use of TVWS around the world, which is bringing Internet access to typically rural and remote places that are traditionally excluded from digital services.
The next quarter is set to be as busy as the previous two and I look forward to working with you, the members, as we go forward. The Alliance would not function without the support and ongoing efforts of its membership. I thank you all for your commitment to the Alliance.

DSA President Kalpak Gude

DSA Activity Update

Welcome to our latest members!
We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members:
  • Brightwave
  • ViaSat
DSA Awards
The DSA awards recognized member companies, organizations, individuals, and regulators who are actively participating in furthering innovation, increasing inclusion, and pursuing new opportunities in dynamic spectrum access. Awards were given during the May 10, 2017 DSA Global Summit Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

Award for Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum Access Policies

Winner: Dr. Martha Liliana Suárez Peñaloza – Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE)

For being the first spectrum regulator in Latin America to formally propose TV white space regulations. Under Martha’s leadership, several TV white space trials have already been conducted in Colombia, validating use cases and providing assurances to broadcasters that they will be protected from harmful interference.

Award for Increasing Digital Inclusion

Winner: Mawingu Networks

Mawingu Networks is an Internet Service Provider that leverages Wi-Fi technologies and a pay-as-you-go model to provide low-cost broadband access to consumers in rural Kenya. Mawingu was the first ISP to deploy TV white spaces in Africa, under authorizations from the Communications Authority of Kenya. Mawingu is also looking at piloting other wireless last mile access technologies including CBRS. Mawingu is also pioneering the use of cloud-based services to power its broadband Internet access services.

Winner: Brightwave

Brightwave is a South African Internet service provider leveraging Wi-Fi and other low-cost wireless technologies to provide Internet access in underserved communities. For example, Brightwave has deployed Internet access in Soweto. Brightwave is currently deploying a network with support from USAASA-the South African universal service fund—in King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality (“KSD”) (pop. 451,710) and Mhlontlo Local Municipality (“MLM”) (pop. 188,226) in the Eastern Cape Province. This network will deliver internet access to 640,000 people, including 213,000 primary and secondary students.

Award for Internet of Things Innovation

Winner: Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft 

Ranveer is using the cloud and dynamic spectrum access to help small farmers increase their production and move from subsistence to production. Specifically, through his Farmbeats project, Ranveer is leveraging Wi-Fi and TV white space network access, moisture, humidity, and other sensors, high-definition cameras, drones, and Microsoft Azure cloud-based artificial intelligence to provide farmers with the information they need to increase production.

Award for a Student-Led Initiative or Research on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access

Winner: University of Strathclyde, Centre for White Space Communications

The Centre for White Space Communications (CWSC) was established in 2011 with initial seed funding from the Scottish Universities Funding Council, as an industry focused R&D Centre. Since then more than 35 PhD and Master Researchers have worked in the Centre on a variety of White Space, dynamic spectrum and software defined radio (SDR) projects.

The CWSC objectives were to work directly with industry partners (i) to investigate the software and hardware technologies to achieve dynamic spectrum access for TVWS, (ii) to establish real world testbeds and prototypes for TVWS, and (iii) to consider the applications of TVWS, including rural broadband and IoT.

CWSC has successfully led multiple key dynamic spectrum projects across a range of technical areas. Key projects include: White Space Pilot Network in Orkney Islands in 2015, Ofcom Glasgow Pilot Project in 2014, The Mawingu Project in Kenya in 2014, and Isle of Bute White Space Testbed in 2011.

CWSC has been at the forefront of dynamic spectrum technology and regulatory innovation since 2011, and continues to actively support new developments in the field.

Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution 

Winner: Paul Garnett, Chairman of the DSA Board Since 2013

Paul Garnett led the formation of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance from its inception and has continued to champion for its efforts 4 years later. He is a key leader within the organization as Chairman of the Board and a key resource for everything related to the DSA. We thank him for his leadership and years of service.

DSA Global Summit 2018

The DSA is excited to announce that for the first time, the next annual Global Summit will take place in Europe. More information about the 2018 Global Summit will be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates!

Policy/Regulation Update

Regulatory Affairs Work Group (RAWG) update
As a cross-industry organization, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance works to engage with regulators and government officials to promote the adoption of legal and regulatory frameworks that facilitate dynamic access to radio spectrum.
The Regulatory Affairs Work Group continues to develop policy positions for ratification by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, draft documents for submission to regulatory agencies and develops high-level positions on critical issues related to dynamic spectrum sharing.
Recent updates include:
March 2017: DSA Comments on ARCEP 3.5 GHz Proceeding
March 2017: DSA Letter to NTC Philippines on the use of TV White Spaces on a Secondary and Non-Interfering Basis
April 2017: DSA Response to Ofcom’s 5.8GHz Band Consultation
April 2017: DSA Letter to FCC on 3.5GHz Band and TVWS Regulations
May 2017: DSA Letter to FCC on ATSC 3.0
May 2017: DSA Response to ICASA Consultation on TV White Spaces
June 2017: DSA Position Paper on Spectrum Provisions of the draft European Electronic Communications Code
Any Dynamic Spectrum Alliance member can participate in the Regulatory Affairs Work Group, so if you are interested in this area, then please contact admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.

Member/Partner Updates

In this section, we share updates and news from DSA members around the world, if you have an update that you’d like to be included in the next newsletter, please email admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.
In the US Microsoft and Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC) announced the Homework Network, which uses Adaptrum TV White Space (TVWS) equipment to close the homework gap in rural southern Virginia, reached a major milestone with the completion of phase one of the project. The project is slated to reach 1000 homes by the end of the year. A brief overview of the project can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/db1gIPOe7gE.
Building off the success of the project, Adaptrum and MBC have partnered to launch the Southern Virginia (SoVa) Innovation Center for TV White Space Broadband Development. The center will serve both as a research hub for advancing fundamental and applied aspects of TVWS and dynamic spectrum access technologies, as well as an operational hub to support Adaptrum customers in the region. Adaptrum continues to engage a variety of operators looking to provide affordable connectivity.
Adaptrum’s international projects include a pilot project in Muscat, Oman, marking the first deployment of TVWS in the Middle East. The project provided internet connectivity to both schools and residences, and demonstrated the ability of the technology to provide none-line-of-sight coverage across the hilly terrain and scattered buildings of the area. Following the success of the pilot, Oman is looking to institute the necessary spectrum regulations to allow a nationwide rollout of the technology.
In Africa, Adaptrum facilitated a TVWS training session hosted by its partner, C3, to educate NGOs on the benefits and operation of TVWS to connect their operations across the country.
Gigabit Libraries Network
The Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), in partnership with San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool), announced that a total of nine TV White Space (TVWS) projects, in seven US states, have won funding to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project.

The community-lead initiative is bringing connectivity to rural and remote locations that typically suffer from poor coverage. The funds will cover the cost of equipment and installation for libraries who’ve initiated partnership projects with other community institutions to explore and develop innovative uses for TVWS network technologies.
You can read the full release here.
MyDigitalBridge Foundation
Paul Rowney of MyDigitalBridge conducted a TV White Space (TVWS) training session in Malawi. The session brought together 21 individuals from across the region to learn about the connectivity opportunities afforded by the implementation of TVWS technology.

The goal of the training, which also involved DSA members; Adaptrum, C3, and Microsoft, was to introduce TVWS technology as part of a standard kit in disaster response, and build capacity among NGO ICT staff in Malawi.
You can read more about the training here.
In April of this year, it was announced that M-KOPA, a leading pay-as-you-go energy provider has connected half a million off-grid users across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The solution provided by M-KOPA is more affordable, safer, and environmentally friendly than the alternative of burning kerosene.
In addition, M-KOPA has established a separate business unit – M-KOPA Labs – to conduct research and the development of additional products and services.
You can read the full news release by clicking here.
Microsoft, Adaptrum, and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC)
Microsoft and partners announced a significant step in closing the ‘homework gap’ in southern rural Virginia, where nearly 50 percent of students lack access to broadband internet at home. After a successful pilot, the project will now deliver broadband internet to the homes of 3,000 students using TV white space technology. The service is designated for educational use – for students to complete homework, access college applications, engage in group assignments, and similar activity.
At the end of May, an event was held at the South Boston Early Learning and Community Center in Halifax County, Virginia. Paul Garnett, director of Affordable Access, and the DSA’s chairman, delivered remarks along with partners from the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. The event also attracted Mayor Edward Owens, local reporters, and business leaders.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) and Adaptrum have partnered to launch a new SOVA Innovation Center for TV white space (TVWS) broadband development in rural Virginia. The initiative is the only one of its kind and the new facility will focus on dynamic spectrum access technology for academic research and economic development.
Located close to Virginia Tech and several other universities, the Center is ideally positioned to provide affordable broadband and service to all residents in the region, including areas currently without connectivity.
You can read the full news release by clicking here.
Nominet is now working on the next phase of its TV white space (TVWS) broadband technology, in partnership with Broadway Partners, with installations beginning in Llanarth Parish, Monmouthshire in Wales, UK.

Following the launch of Arran Broadband – which uses TVWS to deliver high-speed broadband to the more remote areas of a Scottish island – Monmouthshire County Council approached Nominet and Broadway Partners to install a pilot scheme that will deliver broadband connectivity to the local community in Llanarth using dynamic spectrum management.
Currently, households in Llanarth experience poor broadband with an average speed of just 2.5Mbps, compared to the UK average of 22.8Mbps. Pilot households testing the new technology are already seeing benefits, experiencing speeds of up to 30Mbps via TVWS.
Adam Leach, Director of R&D at Nominet, said: “It’s fantastic to see the dynamic spectrum technology that we developed at Nominet being built into new ways of delivering broadband in areas where it would be difficult to deploy fixed infrastructure, proving the value of spectrum sharing.”

An example of the Nominet TVWS equipment bringing broadband speeds to the Isle of Arran

UNH Broadband Center of Excellence
The University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence has awarded a $100K grant to a university research team to devise, test and implement a smart-senor based wireless broadband network to conduct water quality monitoring of lakes, streams, rivers and other surface water bodies. While work will focus on New England locations at first, the BCoE is very interested in pursuing low-cost methods for detecting water quality problems around the world. The Internet of Things (IoT)-based water quality work benefits from sensors and the advance of wireless broadband technology, replacing the hardware and manual maintenance and monitoring that have been used traditionally in this type of effort.
In addition, BCoE has provided a grant to another UNH project which seeks to create massive long-range sensor networks to sample magnetic fields in the Arctic that may be affected by solar wind driven charged particles. The effort is anticipated to result in a proposal to the National Science Foundation in November 2017 to build the sensor network.

PR/Media Update

In the News
Fierce Wireless: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance urges FCC to get moving on 3.5 GHz so companies can deploy networks
“In a letter to the commission, DSA President Kalpak Gude said that in light of recent news that there may be interest at the FCC in considering changes to the Part 96 framework, ‘we also caution that injecting regulatory uncertainty at this late stage will have the effect of reducing or stranding current investment, deterring future investment, and ultimately setting back active use of the 3.5 GHz band to square one.’”
AfricaCom: Closing The Digital Divide At The DSA Annual Global Summit In Cape Town

“Kalpak Gude: In Africa, 75% of its citizens don’t have access to the internet and there are two root causes for this profound connectivity divide:

  • Accessibility to connectivity in terms of infrastructure – due to the sparsely populated and incredibly vast space to cover with wireless signals.
  • Affordability due to the poverty crisis on the continent (most Sub-Saharan Africans earn less than $1.25 per day).

To bridge the gap between this connectivity divide, Africa needs to turn its focus to the use of technologies that will lower the cost of access. The use of TV White Space technology via low frequency spectrum (VHF/UHF), for example, can be a low-cost way to deploy networks that can cover large areas, as well as provide building penetration for better coverage in dense areas without adding additional in-building costs. The use of such technologies that share spectrum and operate on a licensed basis can help create sustainable networks that deliver cost-effective connectivity solutions.”

Business Day Johannesburg: TV White Spaces may boost rural access to broadband
“Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) president Kalpak Gude said TVWS projects had been deployed in more than 25 countries. These have focused on rural connectivity, connecting schools, medical facilities and community-focused projects. "Every one of these has brought broadband connectivity to places that did not have such services before and the feedback has been absolutely positive," Gude said.”
Namibia Economist:  Dynamic Spectrum Management Will Determine Future Cost Of Broadband
“‘The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is focused on encouraging policy changes to enable dynamic spectrum access technologies to help make spectrum available in low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum to satisfy the requirements of densification and coverage, and do so in cost effective ways to enable successful and sustainable network deployments. During my first Global Summit as President of the DSA, I’m proud of what we have achieved and look forward to seeing the outcomes and progress in the year ahead until we come together again in Europe in 2018,’ said Kalpak Gude, The Alliance President.”

Transmission Transition

“Similarly, Kalpak Gude, president of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), feels that Sky’s move does not suggest the end of DTH, but rather the opening of new ways to reach customers. “OTT is growing in importance, in some markets more than others, directly related to the availability of high quality and reliable broadband, both fixed and wireless. Even in these markets, the role of traditional distribution means, like satellite, have continued to be important. I would expect this to continue,” he says.”
African Wireless Communications Yearbook: The connectivity challenge in 2017: a cry for a more African-centric spectrum policy
African Wireless Communications Yearbook: The Year Ahead
Other Coverage  
Htxt.Africa: TV White Space draft regulations published, DSA to discuss next month
Huffington Post: How to Bring Down the Cost of Mobile Data
Developing Telecoms: DSA welcomes South Africa’s ICASA publishing draft TV White Space regulations ahead of 2017 Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit
IT Web Africa: Summit to shine light on TV white spaces
Satellite Evolution: DSA Global Summit unleashes the spectrum requirements for the next generation Internet
BizTechAfrica: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit 2017 focuses on investment in broadband infrastructure
Tech Central Africa: Auctions fail, but dynamic spectrum won’t
AfricaCom: Closing the Digital Divide: An Interview with Frank McCosker of Microsoft
Dataweek: Cape Town hosts Dynamic Spectrum Alliance global summit

Recent Industry Events

ITU-D Study Group 2 Meeting, 3-7 April, Geneva, Switzerland

Study Group 2 "ICT applications, cybersecurity, emergency telecommunications and climate-change adaptation" looked at; services and applications supported by telecommunications/ICTs, building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, the use of telecommunications/ICTs in mitigating the impact of climate change on developing countries, and for natural disaster preparedness, mitigation and relief, as well as conformance and interoperability testing, human exposure to electromagnetic fields and safe disposal of electronic waste, the implementation of telecommunications/ICTs, and took into account the results of the studies carried out by ITU T and ITU R, and the priorities of developing countries.
Asia IoT Business Platform – Myanmar, 4-5 April, Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Focused on local telecommunication companies, public sectors and end users across verticals – Asia IoT Business Platform invited delegates to the most comprehensive event in Southeast Asia for solution providers targeting enterprise adoption of IoT and M2M technologies.

Wi-Fi Now USA, 18-20 April, Washington, D.C.

The event brought together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and experts from across the global Wi-Fi industry. The most promising companies and inspiring case stories that are driving the Wi-Fi industry forward were show cased during the three-day networking and knowledge sharing event. The DSA was represented by its President, Kalpak Gude, who spoke on the panel ‘Connecting the unconnected with Wi-Fi and TVWS’ alongside DSA members Microsoft and Adaptrum.

ITU Regional Development Forum and Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for Europe, 26-28 April, Vilnius, Lithuania

The Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for Europe (RPM-EUR) took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the Holiday Inn Vilnius Hotel from 27 to 28 April 2017, and was preceded by the Regional Development Forum for Europe (RDF-EUR) on 26 April 2017. Both events were organized at the kind invitation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania. The Forum provided an opportunity for high-level dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication and ICT policy-makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on specific regional telecommunication and ICT issues.

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference, 3-4 May, Bangkok, Thailand

Organised with the ITU, the 3rd Annual Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference provided a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region. The conference was organised as part of The Global Spectrum Series, the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of regional Spectrum Management policy conference, and was followed by an ITU regional workshop on Managing Spectrum in the Age of Wireless Communication.

East Africa Com, 17-18 May, Nairobi, Kenya

East Africa Com reflected the rapid convergence between the telecoms, media, broadcasting, and technology spaces. A premium ICT show – it connected and informed the entire East African digital ecosystem.

CommunicAsia, 23-25 May, Singapore, Malaysia

The premier sourcing and knowledge ICT platform in Asia, CommunicAsia2017, brought together a comprehensive display of innovative technologies, while acknowledging the convergence of technologies today has disrupted traditional business models. The event aimed to help businesses keep up to date and ready to tackle future consumer demands.

Expanding the Unlicensed Economy: Why More Unlicensed Spectrum Access is Key to Affordable Wireless Connectivity, 24 May, Washington, D.C.

The afternoon event, which was held at the New America Open Technology Institute and was hosted by Microsoft. The event brought together social media, rural broadband, and cloud service companies for a discussion about the role and value of a diverse unlicensed ecosystem – and what it means for consumers, emerging technologies, and service providers. The Alliance was represented by Kalpak Gude, and featured representatives from DSA members; Microsoft, Facebook, and the New America Open Technology Institute.

UK Spectrum Policy Forum – Cluster 2: 3.6 – 4.2 GHz, 26 May, London, UK

The UK Government in its 5G Strategy Document, Next Generation Mobile technologies: A 5G Strategy for the UK, states that it will work with Ofcom to assess the feasibility of (mobile services - IMT) accessing the 3.8 – 4.2 GHz band on a shared basis as an extension to adjacent 3.4 - 3.8 GHz spectrum bands (already designated for 5G in Europe).

This session of SPF’s Cluster 2 was intended to follow up on the earlier (28 October 2016) discussion, which highlighted the ongoing importance of the band for fixed satellite services, fixed links and explored the scope for sharing and coexistence with potential new mobile services. The Alliance was represented by Executive Director Emeritus, Prof. H Nwana, who presented on dynamic spectrum access and why Africa needs to use UHF spectrum for broadband coverage.

Commonwealth Broadband Africa Forum, 31 May – 2 June, Johannesburg, South Africa

The conference was dedicated to Effective Public Service Delivery through ICTs including; cost effective and secure Cloud services for governance, e-Governance at work Open data for transparent governance, e-Health, m-Governance: The future, security, and resilience in e-Governance, improving electoral participation through e-Voting.
5G World, 13-15 June, London, UK

5G World is the only global 5G focused, high level conference and expo. It covered the hottest topics on the industry’s radar including; network virtualization, network transformation, 5G core, network slicing, next-generation services and more.

Connected Britain, 14-15 June, London, UK

The Connected Britain 2017 agenda read as a who’s who of experts from the operator community, government and beyond. Through a series of thought provoking keynote speeches, panel discussions and roundtables, the telecoms community left with new ideas, opinions, and relationships needed to build high-speed connectivity for Britain’s future.

The 12th European Spectrum Management Conference, 21-22 June, Brussels, Belgium

The event took place as part of Forum Europe’s Global Spectrum Series. This year was the 12th edition of the conference and brought together all the key stakeholders from policy, industry and more. Now is a pivotal time for spectrum policy in Europe and beyond. DSA President Kalpak Gude gave a keynote address on: “Maximizing Utility Whilst Minimizing Cost.

Upcoming Industry Events

The 4th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference, 4-5 July, Bogota, Colombia

Alongside ANE and the ITU, the 4th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference, will provide a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region. The conference will take place alongside ANE’s 7th International Spectrum Congress and an ITU Capacity Building Workshop.

West Africa Com, 11-12 July, Dakar, Senegal

West Africa Com 2017 will explore how the telco value chain can leverage its assets to deliver low cost broadband connectivity and digital services to the consumer and enterprises of West Africa.

GSMA Mobile 360 Series, 11-13 July, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The Mobile 360 Series in Tanzania features keynote presentations, panel discussions, start-up pitches, innovation showcase, and more designed to reflect the interests and concerns of mobile operators and other ecosystem players in the region. This event will explore how by putting mobile connectivity at the forefront of national digital strategies, African leaders can leverage the power of mobile to build smart communities and make a digital Africa inclusive for all. Mark Rotter of Adaptrum will represent the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, speaking on the panel session ‘Expanding and enhancing mobile broadband connectivity’, on Tuesday 11 July.

Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-17), 11-14 July, Nassau, Bahamas

A series of GSR pre-events will take place on the 11th July and the morning of the 12th. These include a Thematic Pre-Conference, a Global Dialogue on Digital Finance Inclusion focusing on cybersecurity, the Regional Regulatory Associations Meeting (RA) and the Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers Meeting. The GSR sessions are open to regulators, policy makers and members of the ITU’s Development Sector on 12th and 13th July. On July 14th, two parallel tracks will be held, a Regulators’ track, open only to regulators and policy makers, and an Industry track (ILD), open to ITU-D sector members, in addition to the final closing ceremony open to all participants.

Mobile World Congress Americas, 12-14 September, San Francisco, California

In 2017 and beyond, CTIA Super Mobility Week will become GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, in partnership with CTIA. MWC Americas will be the premier mobile industry event for the Americas, with representation from North, Central and South America. With a regulatory and public policy program, partner events and free seminar, MWC Americas 2017 will build on the successful CTIA policy and education sessions and the GSMA ministerial programs to drive global policy discussion and debate.

IBC 2017, 14-18 September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The IBC Conference is an unrivalled global destination for discussion and debate about the many different challenges facing the electronic media and entertainment industry, both in its sessions and in the range of networking opportunities it affords. The IBC Exhibition covers fifteen halls across the RAI, hosting over 1,700 exhibitors and a number of specially curated feature areas and events that tie into the IBC Conference to enrich your understanding of technologies and trends that are driving the industry.

Nigeria Com, 20-21 September, Lagos, Nigeria

The 6th edition of Nigeria Com will welcome 750+ decision making attendees; 43% C-Level and 54% operator attendance. For anyone active in the digital and communications sector within Nigeria or West Africa, this presents the only show of significant scale where you can engage with Nigeria’s knowledge economy. Anyone with a stake in the region’s digital landscape understands the opportunity combined with complexity that Nigeria’s unique development story presents. It will also provide unique business networking opportunities.

ITU Telecom World 2017, 25-28 September, Busan, Republic of Korea

Growing the digital economy means growing social and economic development for us all. And fostering creative tech innovation and SME growth are crucial ways to help it flourish. Join us at ITU Telecom World 2017 to exhibit, network, and debate with the key players from the world’s digital economy, get a global view on the future of tech, and accelerate ICT innovation to make the world better, sooner.

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