Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Q4 2019 Newsletter

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.

Introduction from Martha Suárez

To everyone who supported the DSA in 2019, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year filled with happiness and success throughout 2020.

Taking the time to write the final newsletter recapping 2019 has made me realise the significant progress and growth we have achieved in the last 12 months to diversify spectrum sharing with no slowing down towards the end of the year. In the last few months we have been busy attending the World Radiocommunications Conference WRC-19, CPM-23 and supporting the successful progression of spectrum sharing worldwide. We released our latest White Paper and submitted different filings. With travel, networking and advocating all a go at the end of the year, we have seen more movement and progression for spectrum sharing which is the momentum we need as we head into the new year.

With more action required to advocate on the importance of a license exempt approach in the whole 6 GHz band (5925 to 7125 MHz) and raise awareness of the importance of Wi-Fi and unlicensed wireless devices for the complete 5G ecosystem,we attended WRC-19 in November. It was a great opportunity to clearly expose our arguments and communicate face to face with spectrum regulators and government authorities. Our attendance followed our actions in the past months of collaboration and discussion with CITEL and ATU. As a result, the lower part of the 6 GHz band, which is already allocated to mobile services has been excluded for future studies at WRC-23 (5925 to 6425 MHz). We still will continue representing the interests of the DSA members in the WRC-23 process, especially in actions related to the new agenda item 1.2, about IMT studies in Region 1 in the 6450 – 7025 MHz band and global studies in the 7025 – 7125 MHz band.

We are convinced that better Wi-Fi will improve connectivity in the home, at work, and in public spaces, driving productivity, economic growth and societal development. A minimalist approach to spectrum regulation has helped smaller area networks, notably Wi-Fi, to deliver nearly €1.7 trillion in global economic benefit in 2018. Unlicensed access in the 6 GHz band will allow devices to make use of wide channels to provide wireless gigabit broadband inside homes and buildings, which is not possible with previous generation wireless technologies. Additionally, many 5G use cases will be accelerated by three critical operating classes in the 6 GHz, and especially the very low power portable devices will completely change our day to day reality and enable new applications of virtual and augmented reality.

We also shared the potential of new forms of spectrum sharing in the publication of our new White Paper report, “Enhancing Connectivity Through Spectrum Sharing” with Policy Impact Partners. Our research engaged with industry and public sector stakeholders on three continents who were interested in participating in technology trials of spectrum sharing. The full white paper shares the outcomes of our research and how two million people in South Africa can benefit from 4G or 5G network access. I invite you to read the full report online.

In October, we featured in Pipeline Magazine which was a great occasion to discuss and raise awareness of the potential of dynamic spectrum technologies for broadband access in a key industry publication. With a focus on CBRS, we are excited to see the industry adopt new technologies as we head into a new year. We hope to continue communicating the power and potential of these technologies in maximizing spectrum efficiency and innovation worldwide. With CBRS set to become fully commercialized this year, we are looking forward to seeing the progress that is made and sharing new success stories too, very soon!

We also featured in ISE Magazine in November to discuss more specifically the need to connect the remaining 4 billion people to the internet and the benefits of spectrum access for rural communities. You can read the full article here which highlights the spectrum sharing technologies that can make this possible, and the need for international collaboration between governments, regulatory frameworks and innovative business models.

With 2019 behind us, it is with great pleasure that I can look back at my first 8 months as President of the DSA with fondness and pride of all that has been achieved together and in the wider industry. Since stepping into my role as President I was asked to share my story of my career journey so far in the We Are Tech Women series. I recently reflected on my time with the DSA in my latest blog where I summarised the last 6 months of activity which demonstrated great momentum as we head into the new year together. With that in mind, I am very excited to see what progress is made in 2020. I am most looking forward to our annual Global Summit in Paris the first week of June which will bring us all together to address more current issues and identify solutions which will bring affordable connectivity to billions across the world.

Thank you for welcoming me into the DSA and for your commitment and drive towards the goals we share. Again, I would like to share my best wishes to everyone for a happy new year and I look forward to many more months of progress in 2020!

President of the DSA

Martha Suarez


DSA 2020 Global Summit

From the 2nd to 4th June 2020, the DSA will hold its eighth annual Global Summit in Paris, France. The event brings an opportunity to assess the progress made with dynamic spectrum sharing over the past year and explore future solutions to maintain the same trajectory.

Early bird tickets and the full agenda will be available soon!

The DSA Global Summit 2020 will also host the DSA 2020 Global Summit Awards, where member companies, organizations, individuals, and regulators are recognised by their contributions to the advancement of spectrum development. Nominations are now open!


Upcoming events

Telecoms World Asia
25-26 March 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
For over 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.

Internet of Things World
6-9 April 2020
San Jose, California, USA
The Internet of Things World global conference and exhibition is North America's largest IoT event where strategists, technologists and implementers connect to put IoT, AI, 5G and Edge technologies into action across industry verticals..

DSA Global Summit 2020
2-4 June 2020
Paris, France
The Summit brings together regulators and private sector leaders in spectrum management to discuss spectrum sharing methods and explore how various spectrum sharing regimes can be coordinated to connect the remaining four billion to the digital economy.


DSA in the News

Spectrum sharing opportunities for 5G and beyond
EE Publishers, 20 September 2019

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance advocates shared spectrum use
Teletime, 10 October 2019

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance defende uso compartilhado do espectro
Teletime, 10 October 2019

Ground-breaking global report explores spectrum sharing in South Africa
Telco Professionals, 14 October 2019

Telecoms industry players open to spectrum sharing tech
BusinessDay, 16 October 2019

New ways of sharing spectrum can let data fall
Gadget, 17 October 2019

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance to bring spectrum industry and authorities together at the 2020 Global Summit
Reprototype, 17 October 2019

Global report explores spectrum sharing in South Africa
Bizcommunity, 18 October 2019

Smart bandwidth key to upcoming surge in wireless device connectivity
The Sociable, 29 October 2019

Rethinking Network Transformation
ISE Magazine, 1 November 2019

Public consultations to regulate the use of white spaces have begun
Convergencia Latina, 19 November 2019


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 develop high-level positions on critical issues related to dynamic spectrum sharing.

Recent updates include:

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.

The DSA urges public auction of the C-Band

In 2019, the C-Band auction was a topic of great debate in the industry. The DSA has been consistently active on FCC dockets such as these and have consistently advocated for public auction and sharing. Having urged the FCC to proceed with a public auction for the band, the DSA has succeeded. Avoiding a monopolized approach to the distribution of the C-Band has enabled a significant level accessibility and a vast amount of opportunity. By striving for policies that ensure low barriers to entry, the DSA continue to encourage rural connectivity, and promote innovation.

CBRS Begins Commercial Service

The FCC named Google among five newly authorized Spectrum Access System (SAS) Administrators to begin Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) on September 16th. Given the go-ahead for CBRS deployment, services have begun rolling out to customers in limited areas. According to FCC requirements, ICD must last at least 30 days, after which the SAS Administrators must file a report for review by the FCC and DoD, prior to being authorized to offer full commercial service. Those reports have been filed, and SAS Administrators are awaiting the completion of review. If all goes well, full commercial CBRS service will begin very soon.

Industry principles for UK dynamic spectrum access published

An industry group within the UK Spectrum Policy Forum has published a set of draft principles for introducing dynamic spectrum access (DSA) into the spectrum bands identified by Ofcom for Shared Access Licences. These currently include the 3.8-4.2 GHz, 1781.7-1785 MHz / 1876.7-1880 MHz, 2390-2400 MHz and 24.25 - 26.5 GHz bands. The principles adopt a “use it or share it” approach, with flexible license conditions to strike a balance between ensuring long-term certainty for investment and ensuring spectrum is not hoarded. Once consensus has been achieved, the principles will be proposed to Ofcom and DCMS (UK Government) as a basis for future implementation.

Michael Calabrese, Director of the Wireless Future Program, keynoted at WInnComm, the annual conference of the Wireless Innovation Forum. His presentation, titled“Scarcity to Abundance: Strategies to Fuel the 5G Wireless Ecosystem”, focused on the DSA’s current goals and highlighted the DSA database report.

With an emphasis on how spectrum sharing via the use of CBRS, the C-Band and the 6 GHz band can optimize the spectrum for 5G deployment, Calabrese’s presentation delves into the debates surrounding licenced access and the effectiveness of use-or-share policies. The outline of use cases that the Dynamic Spectrum Database will cater to emphasises the innovations that spectrum sharing enables. These span from far-reaching connections into rural areas, to real-time spectrum sensing data technology. The summit presentation was well-coordinated in its summary of DSA ambition and highlighted to industry professionals the optimum technological conduct required to achieve true spectrum efficiency.

Other DSA members who participated on panels at the event included Google and Federated.

Jabhera Matogoro, a professor from the University of Dodoma, is building a community network with TV White Space (TVWS) technology in Kondoa. Matogoro is one of four recipients of a new fellowship program, entitled the Open Internet Engineering fellowship from Mozilla. The fellowship program is a partnership with the Internet Society and NSRC and facilitates widespread digital transformation.

By utilising the already-existing technology of TVWS for wireless communication, Matogoro is connecting thousands of people in underserved countries. His next steps are to install local infrastructures to connect community networks to nearby internet exchange points. With this, Matogoro will connect 15 secondary schools, as well as 500 homes. An online neighbourhood is his priority, with household Internet access at the forefront of his mission to connect everyone, regardless of demographic.

With Matogoro’s fellowship, he can now expand his work across Tanzania and explore the further potential of unlicensed spectrum bands. To do so, however, policy and synergy is required. By instigating the movement towards a connected Africa, the DSA hope to see this gain momentum so that the aspiration of connecting 20 million Tanzanians can be realised.

Read more about Matogoro’s work alongside the DSA here: https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/how-connect-20-million-tanzania/

RADWIN, the global wireless broadband provider, showcased its new and disruptive JET DUO PtMP dual-carrier 5GHz solution at WISPAPALOOZA in the U.S in October. JET DUO encapsulates two 5GHz radios with Beam-forming technology in a single compact unit to deliver ultra-capacity broadband of up to 1.5Gbps while reducing the installation costs and tower rental expenses associated with deploying multiple single-band base stations. JET DUO enables service providers to deliver ultra-high capacity with unmatched reliability to businesses and residential customers where there is huge demand for high speed broadband. JET DUO maximizes network capacity thanks to its innovative 2nd generation beamforming antenna that ensures outstanding radio performance even in challenging environments with heavy interference. It’s dual carrier capability also provides the flexibility to select the two best frequency channels across the dense 5GHz spectrum.

Sharon Sher, RADWIN’s President and CEO: “JET DUO is the latest addition to our carrier-grade portfolio, delivering broadband at a fraction of the cost of fiber. With JET DUO, service providers can fulfill the explosion in demand for capacity and deliver fiber-quality service of 100Mbps and beyond while reducing total cost of ownership.”

RADWIN’s JET DUO Solution will be GA in early Q1/2020. To read the full press release, visit: https://www.radwin.com/press-room/radwin-to-showcase-new-1-5-gbps-jet-duo-ptmp-a-dual-carrier-5ghz-beamforming-solution/


On October 17, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Swarm Technologies’ application “to construct, deploy, and operate a constellation of 150 technically identical non-voice, non-geostationary (NVNG) satellites in the low-earth orbit (LEO) for the provision of mobile-satellite services (MSS).”  

Swarm's constellation will enable the world’s lowest-cost satellite network, which will support the Internet-of-Things (IoT) by connecting some of the most challenging geographic locations in the world. Swarm's constellation will have immediate use in the agriculture, energy, transportation, global development, academic and scientific research, shipping and maritime industries, and for connected cars as well.  Swarm will lower the cost of satellite-based connectivity to make satellite communications accessible to those that have never been able to afford it.

The FCC noted that over 20 entities from around the world filed letters in support of granting Swarm’s application.

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 admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.

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