DSA Global Summit 2020

A record-breaking recap


Last month, we hosted our eighth annual DSA Global Summit, which saw a record attendance of over 500 registrants. Being the first virtual Global Summit in history, we were delighted to welcome over 160 representatives from government and academic institutions. Representing various regions worldwide, it was great to come together to drive spectrum sharing forward alongside many non-profit and profit organisations. Thank you to everyone who attended to share their insights and progress the future of dynamic spectrum sharing.

There, we discussed a wide range of spectrum innovations, from TV White Space (TVWS), Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) and Wi-Fi 6 to 3D spectrum management in mmWaves. Especially productive was the focus on unlicensed access to the 6 GHz and the importance of this for the benefit of worldwide economy, society and next-generation Wi-Fi deployment to meet growing capacity demands.

With different regions across the world facing different spectrum sharing challenges and approaching various opportunities, it was great to see so many attendees from all over. Individuals from Europe, Africa, South America and North America joined us virtually to listen to the variety of topics and speakers on the agenda. We were also honoured by having some attendees from Asia and the Middle East which made this year’s Global Summit a truly global event at a time when staying connected is so important for everyone across the world.

The DSA Awards were announced at the event, recognizing the efforts of individuals who are committed to furthering innovation, accelerating digital inclusion and exploring new opportunities for dynamic spectrum access. Congratulations to all our winners!

  • Mercy Wanjau, Ag. Director General, Communications Authority of Kenya (Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum Access Policies)
  • Vladimir Handal, Secretario de Innovacion, Gobierno De El Salvador (Increasing Digital Innovation)
  • Paul Garnett, Founder and CEO, The Vernonburg Group (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Padre Eduardo González Gil, O. P., Vicerrector Académico General; Mrs. Olga Macias Muñoz, Decano de Ingeniería de Telecomunicaciones; Mrs. Lucía Ostos, Directora and Tatiana Zona, researcher; Universidad Santo Tomas (Research on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access)

We also released three new studies at the Summit! Firstly, we worked with Telecom Advisory Services LLC to assess the economic value of unlicensed used of the 6 GHz band in Brazil, and then Access Partnership to explore the role of Wi-Fi in Brazil as the key technology in meeting the increase in online activity due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Finally, we and Policy Impact Partners outlined how to achieve the full potential of 6 GHz spectrum in ITU Region 1: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. All of these studies are now available in full on our website.

The three-day Summit was a true success, and we are proud of the platform we have established for collaboration, especially amid a time when an event such as this seemed unlikely. I would like to thank all speakers, moderators and attendees for supporting our Global Summit, as well as France spectrum authorities for their offer to host our event this year. While we regret not being able to hold the in-person conference, we appreciate the support and look forward to making plans for next year! If you missed it, all Global Summit live and pre-recorded sessions are now available on-demand via our YouTube channel.