DSA Newsletter | Q3 2018 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.
Welcome to the Q3 edition of the DSA newsletter, it has been another busy quarter for the alliance.
Firstly, I would like to welcome our two new members, Radwin and Federated Wireless. I’m delighted that the Alliance is continuing to grow and I’m looking forward to working with both organizations over the coming months.
The DSA was delighted to welcome regulators to the Summit to discuss the work that is ongoing in their countries and any challenges they seek to overcome. These discussions are vital to promote affordable internet access in rural areas, define the future of 5G networks and enable the Internet of Things. This was the largest collection of regulators in the DSA Global Summit’s history and consisted of senior representatives from Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, Mozambique, Namibia, the UK and the US.
The DSA’s attendance at conferences around the world has again proved to be an important tool for improving the understanding of dynamic sharing and the work that the DSA is doing. In June, DSA member David Crawford, who runs the Centre for White Space Communications at the University of Strathclyde, spoke on behalf of the DSA at 5G World in London. David gave a presentation on ‘Facilitating Next Generation Networks’ at the event, which welcomed 2,500+ telecom professionals.
In early September, DSA’s treasurer, Mark Rotter, spoke on a panel at ITU Telecom World in Durban, South Africa, titled ‘Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead’. Mark discussed the importance of utilizing TVWS networks in order to lower the cost of access, and how TVWS technology uses unused or underused broadcast spectrum to bring broadband connectivity to areas where other technologies are not cost effective. The DSA has long been championing TVWS technology as a solution to connect those in underserved areas.
Recent developments on TVWS in Mozambique are an excellent example of the DSA and its members working together to demonstrate the importance of dynamic sharing technologies to solve the Internet access challenges faced throughout Africa.  The regulator in Mozambique, the National Communications Institute of Mozambique (INCM), recently announced they are adopting the DSA model rule framework for enabling the deployment of TVWS, which is fantastic news. This framework can now be used as a starting point for policy makers in other African countries and elsewhere to enable TVWS deployment in months rather than years, whilst still being sensitive to local needs.  We congratulate INCM for their leadership and aggressive approach to solving the digital divide.
As we head into the last quarter of the year, the hard work of the Alliance and you, the members, continues at full speed. I say it in every newsletter but the DSA would not function without your support and dedication so thank you.

DSA Activity Update

Welcome to our latest members!
We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members:
Federated Wireless
Saankhya Labs

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:
June 2018: DSA Letter to FCC on 6Ghz
August 2018: DSA Letter in Support of Radwin Petition
September 2018: DSA Comments to FCC on Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz For Mobile Radio Services
September 2018: DSA Spectrum Pipeline Comments
September 2018: DSA Comments to UCC on Draft TVWS Guidelines for Uganda
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 dsa@proactive-pr.com.

Nominet has been approved as a TV White Space (TVWS) Database Administrator by the Federal Communications Commission in the USA. This follows Nominet being awarded the first Ofcom qualification to operate the UK’s TVWS database in October 2015 and the development of its Wavedb database.

Since being the first to complete Ofcom’s qualification process in the UK, Nominet’s TVWS database has been used to reach rural communities struggling to get online with other solutions and it is now seeing the first commercial rollouts with TVWS in the UK.

For the millions of Americans lacking adequate internet connection in rural areas, with TVWS they are able to take advantage of the economic and educational opportunities enjoyed by their urban neighbours. With TVWS providing affordable, reliable broadband access, it’s expected to be the technology choice for rural America and Nominet are thrilled to be part of the process providing this cost effective and easy-to-implement solution.

For more information about Nominet’s role in TVWS and the tailored support it offers potential or existing operators, please visit: https://www.nominet.uk/emerging-technology/dynamic-spectrum-management/

Ruckus Wireless

Ruckus Wireless has become the first technology provider to achieve FCC certification for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). This certification covers Ruckus’ portfolio of 3.5 GHz access points under its OpenGTM brand, marking a huge step towards commercial deployments on the CBRS band for enterprise-driven LTE networks and service provider network augmentation.

The combination of valuable mid-band spectrum availability thanks to CBRS and the simplicity of deploying LTE with OpenG creates new possibilities that were either too expensive or complex with traditional licensed spectrum.

Ruckus is conducting more than 20 trials with operators and enterprises across multiple market segments. The feedback gained so far is unanimous that CBRS with OpenG Aps delivers a fast, secure and highly available network. You can read more about this here.


Starry has launched Starry Connect, a program aimed at providing a variety of free and low-cost internet access solutions for public and affordable housing communities. From building common area WiFi access to monthly, low-cost access plans, Starry Connect offers simple, easy-to-understand and use plans for residents in public or subsidized affordable housing. These are implemented through creating partnerships with cities, states, and owners of affordable housing properties.

Starry’s first partnership of this program was launched this summer with the City of Boston’s Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Starry is providing free, common area WiFi internet access to residents in the community rooms and hallways in one of BHA’s senior and disabled housing communities. In addition, Starry donated five computers for a designated computer lab, so residents without WiFi enabled devices can still take advantage of the free internet.  

Read more about the announcement in the following article and to inquire about Starry Connect partnership opportunities email connect@starry.com.

Project Isizwe

Project Isizwe has partnered with Glencore Mine to roll out free WiFi hotspots in two South African mining towns in Witbank, Ogies and Phola. The free WiFi hotspots are located at the Makause Combined School, a library, a community sports field, two taxi ranks and a youth centre.

Project Isizwe and Glencore are connecting the communities by providing 500MB of free WiFi data per person, per day. This allows up to 1,500 users in Ogies and Phola to connect to the internet and gain access to information, employment and education opportunities. Project Isizwe will facilitate the implementation of Glencore Free WiFi, from roll-out to the maintenance of the WiFi networks in the communities.

Project Isizwe works with government and private companies to provide WiFi in low-income communities for education, economic development and social inclusion, enabling access to the internet as a catalyst for development. Visit http://projectisizwe.org/ to find out more.

PR/Media Update

In the News
Land Mobile: Online Heavyweight Joins DSA
Satellite Evolution: DSA sets out 5G action plan ahead of CommunicAsia
Advanced Television: DSA: TVWS bridging digital divide in Africa
Total Telecom: DSA: We must work together to conquer 5G barriers
RCR Wireless: Amazon joins the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
IT Web: TV white spaces seen as answer to Africa’s connectivity woes

Recent Industry Events

Connected Britain 2018, 19-20 June, London, England

The Connected Britain 2018 agenda will feature experts from the operator community, government and beyond. Through thought-provoking speaker sessions, panel discussions, and interactive roundtables you will walk away with new ideas, tangible solutions to everyday problems and the stronger relationships you’ll need to continue to build the high-speed connectivity for Britain’s future.

Casbaa Satellite Industry Forum 2018, 25 June, Singapore, Malaysia

The Casbaa Satellite Industry Forum 2018 brings together a wide range of world-class speakers from the industry to deal with crucial issues in a full day of keynoted presentations and panel discussions.

ConnectTechAsia, 26-28 June 2018, Singapore, Malaysia

ConnecTechAsia is where technology, ideas, and business converge. Encompassing CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia, and the new event NXTAsia, ConnecTechAsia covers the entire spectrum of communication, broadcast, and enterprise technology and services reflecting the pulse of Asia today.

Mobile 360 Series, 17-19 July 2018, Kigali, Africa

GSMA Mobile 360 Series presents a conference platform cultivating regional engagement through topics that are impacting the mobile industry on both a localised and global scale. Senior executives in mobile and adjacent industry verticals come to learn and discuss in detail their challenges and successes as well as network with peers.

The 4th Annual Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference, 17-19 July 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The 4th Annual Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference, supporting ITU Regional Initative on Spectrum, 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 5th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference, 5-6 September 2018, Buenos Aires, South America

Hosted by the Ministry of Modernization of Argentina and organised by Forum Global and ITU, the 5th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference will provide a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues, including preparation for WRC-19 across the Americas, 3.4GHz – 4.2GHz C-Band and mmWave bands and the direction of the Latin Americas region.

ITU Telecom World 2018, 10-13 September, Durban, South Africa

ITU Telecom World 2018 is about making ideas go further, faster, to make the world better, sooner. It will be a global platform for major industry players, tech SMEs and entrepreneurs to share knowledge and best practice across emerging and developed markets. There will be targeted networking at all levels of the industry with high-level debates led by experts on the core issues affecting the ICT sector.

Mobile World Congress Americas, 12-14 September 2018, Los Angeles, California

Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 will bring together the brightest minds in the industry today, to imagine what tomorrow could bring. It is the premiere event where industry leaders come to progress business and where attendees will gain valuable insights on trends and future predictions for the mobile technology industry.

IBC 2018, 13-17 September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The IBC Conference is an unrivalled global destination for discovering and debating the many different challenges and opportunities facing the electronic media and entertainment industry, both in its sessions and in the range of networking opportunities it affords. Join over 1,700 delegates and 400 speakers across 5 days of high-level discussion to shape the future of the industry.

Internet of Things World Asia, 18-20 September 2018, Singapore

This is Asia’s showcase of enterprise case studies, proof-of-concepts and R&D from the leaders and early adopters of IoT. As latest addition to KNect365’s world-leading IoT event series, this event gives unrivalled access to global and local enterprises – the people who can help you and your customers develop new services, business models and efficiencies.

5G Asia, 18-20 September 2018, Singapore

5G Asia 2018 returns for its 11th year, delivering ground-breaking content, trailblazing product demonstrations and unrivalled opportunities to meet with the LTE and 5G ecosystem in Asia. 5G Asia provides the perfect platform for you to understand how to capitalise on the opportunities that LTE networks and services continue to offer and lay out a clear vision of the 5G connected future.

IP Expo, 18-20 September 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

IP EXPO Nordic and Cyber Security Nordic, part of Europe’s number ONE enterprise IT conference series, is designed for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive business growth and competitiveness. Now in their 3rd year, the events showcase new exclusive content and senior-level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT. They cover everything you need to run a successful enterprise or organisation.  Arrive with challenges, leave with solutions.

Connected World Summit, 25-26 September 2018, London, UK

Connected World is a 2-day Festival of Connected Technology, uniting over 2,500 industry leaders, tech innovators, decision makers and investors. Now in its 4th year, it has grown exponentially in content, technologies and audience size; with our original Connected Home and Cities tracks now complemented with disruptive subjects such as Blockchain, 5G and AI. A move to a unique new venue in 2018 – Printworks, SE16 – will give Connected World the canvas to create a more innovative and superior event experience befitting of the tech industry.

Upcoming Industry Events

Total Telecom Congress, 30-31 October 2018, London, UK

The Total Telecom Congress brings together leading executives from across the communication industry to explore how telcos must evolve to stay relevant in the digital economy. 200 speakers will explore the most important challenges the industry faces; from digital transformation strategies to bringing the customer to the centre of your business models; and delivering 5G networks to the role of AI in the new communications economy.

DC5G, 12-13 November 2018, Washington D.C

DC5G is the one event that represents the entire 5G-connected ecosystem. Enterprise markets, local municipalities, telcos, industry experts, satellite service providers, advocates, federal policy makers and innovative adopters will gather for the second year to learn about the potential of the next generation of connectivity. By bringing all markets to the table, the conversations are holistic and are focused on getting business done.

Telecoms World Asia 2019, 25-27 March 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

For 20 years, Telecoms World Asia has been an annual platform for leading international carriers, operators, authorities and suppliers to meet, learn and create fruitful business partnerships for the betterment of wholesale revenue and growth. For 2019, they’ve put together an agenda that addresses the key issues operators are facing today, classified under 5 key themes – Wholesale Carriers, Network Virtualisation, Telco4.0 and brand new for 2019, 5G and IoT – with the focus on Digital Transformation in Emerging Markets running throughout the sessions.

IoT Asia, 27-28 March 2019, Singapore

IoT Asia is an award-winning event that brings solutions providers, technology heads, design and solution architects, engineers, academic institutions, investors and start-ups together for an enriching learning and sharing experience. In 2018, IoT Asia gathered more than 5,000 attendees from 50 countries. Some of the key exhibitors and sponsors include Avnet, Advantech, Anewtech, Microsoft, Sigfox, Singtel, TATA Communications, Visa and more. IoT Asia 2018 also held 3 conference tracks with more than 90 international speakers and thought leaders.

Get in touch

If you would like more information, or if your company or organization is interested in joining the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, then please email
Alternatively, visit our membership page, which provides a membership level breakdown.

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