Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit

Bogota, Colombia

April 26-28, 2016


The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit addressed the challenges facing the Latin American region and the world such as universal access to broadband, addressing wireless data consumption, and enabling the Internet of Things. With an emphasis on use cases, business models,network and service deployments, regulation, standardization, and device certification, the Summit brought together experts with first-hand experience to discuss, debate, and demonstrate how a robust dynamic spectrum access technology ecosystem can help governments, businesses, and communities reduce the cost of wireless bandwidth and deliver affordable connectivity in the busiest cities and most remote regions.

New to the agenda this year were in-depth seminars and workshops by and for spectrum and communications regulators seeking guidance on how to implement regulations that accommodate dynamic spectrum access technologies, as well as future communication technologies.

Summit Highlights


Day 1 | Tuesday, April 26th

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Half-Day Workshop: Spectrum Sharing as a Strategy for Meeting Growing Bandwidth Demands and Closing the Digital Divide

(By Special Invite Only)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Evening Welcome Reception

Day 2 | Wednesday, April 27th

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Refreshments

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Challenges to Universal and Affordable Connectivity in Latin America and Beyond: Implications for Policymakers, Businesses, and Civil Society

It is simply factual, according to the ITU, that over 4 billion are still offline as of the end of 2015, including 250 million in Latin America. A more recent report by A4AI emphatically notes that unless we dramatically accelerate progress, only 16% of people in the world’s poorest countries, and 53% of the world as a whole, will be connected by 2020. It is a challenge of both affordability as well as accessibility. This panel will present more recent data for the region, and explore the implications for policy makers, businesses, and civil society. The role of dynamic spectrum access policies will also be explored.


Mr. Mario Maniewicz, Deputy Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) [Download Now]
Mr. Juan Manuel Wilches Durán, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (CRC), Colombia]
Mr. Oscar Leon Suarez, Executive Secretary, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission, CITEL, of the Organization of American States, OAS [Download Now]
Mr. Mike Jensen, Internet Access Specialist, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Mr. Yacine Khelladi, Regional Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) [Download Now]
Mr. Paul Garnett, Director, Affordable Access Initiatives, Microsoft Corporation [Download Now]
Moderator: Dr. Martha Liliana Suárez Peñaloza, Director, Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), Colombia

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Country Viewpoints on the Analogue to Digital Switch-Over: 4G Spectrum Awards, Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access, and the Future of Digital Broadcasting

Post WRC‐15, all Latin American and Caribbean countries who have not completed their analogue to digital switch‐over of TV (or perhaps not even started it) should proceed earnestly to do so, and then reassign/award the rights of the recovered spectrum, typically, for 4G mobile. Whilst WRC‐15 agreed on a blanket “no change” until at least 2023 for 470‐694 MHz in ITU Region 1 (EMEA), Region 2 (the Americas) took a different track. Some countries identified the band for IMT, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, the US, and Mexico. Belize and Colombia identified a sub‐band for IMT (614–698 MHz). Given this different and diverse positions amongst countries in the Americas, what then is the future of broadcasting in Region 2? What then are the opportunities for dynamic spectrum access in the TV bands? What do these mean for spectrum policy in the region in order to bridge the digital divide and to enable the Internet of Things (IoT)? This panel will explore these important issues
and more.


Dr. David McBean, Managing Director, Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), Jamaica
[Download Now]
Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
[Download Now]
Mr. Otávio Caixeta, Chief of Staff, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Brazil [Download Now]
Mr. Ricardo Castañeda Alvarez,General Director, Spectrum Engineering and Technical Studies, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico
[Download Now]
Moderator: Mr. Mauricio Agudelo, Technology, Media and Telecom Specialist, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America-

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Lunch Break

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

New Developments in Spectrum Sharing: Unlicensed Allocations, Unlicensed Managed Access, Exclusive Use and Non-Exclusive Licensing, New Wi-Fi and LTE Technologies and Standards, Databases, Sensing, and More

Hungry mobile broadband services and applications are driving ever and ever greater demand for access to spectrum, puting significant pressure on this finite, statically assigned spectrum. This has resulted in the need for more innovative spectrum access approaches aimed at improving spectrum efficiency and access, most notably spectrum sharing. Coupled with the fact that unlicensed spectrum (Wi‐Fi) today carry by far more of the world’s mobile data than licensed spectrum, this has led to new innovations like LTE‐U/LAA. This has also resulted in the development of new spectrum sharing concepts covering licensed exclusive, licensed shared, and unlicensed shared sharing regimes. There is increasing recognition that even 5G will have to share spectrum! This panel will explore this balance between licensed and unlicensed spectrum, static spectrum sharing, dynamic spectrum sharing (with databases), the role of sensing, and more.


Mr. Shrikant Shenwai, Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)
Mr. Chris Szymanski, Director, Product Marketing and Government Affairs, Broadcom Limited [Download Now]
Mr. Steve Wimsatt, Senior Director, Business Development, Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Mr. Rich Kennedy, Director, Global Spectrum Strategy, HP Enterprise
Mr. Robert Wu, CEO and Founder, 6Harmonics, Inc
Mr. Richard Thanki, Economist, PhD Student, University of Southampton
[Download Now]
Moderator: Mr. Paul Garnett, Director, Affordable Access Initiatives, Microsoft Corporation [Download Now]

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

The Next Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access and Connectivity: 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz, 5GHz, and Above

There is much more to dynamic spectrum access that TV Whitespaces (TVWS), indeed so much more. Dynamic spectrum access typically refers to any spectrum sharing approach that allows secondary users to access the abundant spectrum holes or white spaces in licensed spectrum bands. Today’s DSA technologies enable radios to safely share multiple frequency bands without interfering with legacy and other protected wireless systems. Authorised Shared Access (ASA), Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA), Licensed Assisted Access (LSA), Spectrum Access System (SAS), Cognitive Radio Systems (CRS), TVWS, Whitespaces, etc. are new and emerging DSA approaches/concepts being innovated across a myriad of bands. Even GSM bands can be dynamically shared. This panel will discuss what is coming after TV Whitespaces dynamic sharing.


Dr. Heikki Kokkinen, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Fairspectrum
[Download Now ]
Mr. Rick Whitt, Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Google Access, Alphabet Inc.
Mr. Chris Weasler, Global Head of Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Planning, Facebook
Mr. Haiyun Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Adaptrum Inc.
Moderator: Mr. Rich Kennedy, Director, Global Spectrum Strategy, HP Enterprise [Download Now ]

5:00 PM – 5:30PM

Recap and Adjourn

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Conference Dinner

Day 3 | Thursday, April 28th

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Innovative Use Cases for Dynamic Spectrum Access Technologies: Transportation, Rural Broadband, Public and Food Safety, Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Network Resilience and Disaster Recovery, Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement, Humanitarian Aid, Smart Cities, and More

As can be seen from the long list of sectors above, dynamic spectrum access is extremely welcoming of new and innovative spectrum use cases that also need to make use of limited spectrum. These new use cases and sectors demand alternative licensing and regulatory models which new dynamic spectrum access approaches would address. Indeed, the DSA welcomes all these new use cases as they help push new dimensions to spectrum policies across the globe. These use cases also demonstrate why spectrum is key to all of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Mr. Patel Mmusi Barwabatsile, ICT Cluster Development Manager, Botswana Innovation Hub [Download Now]
Mr. James Carlson, CEO, Carlson Wireless [English] [ Espanol ]
Mr. Malcolm Brew, Founder and Chief Technology Engineer, Mawingu Networks Limited [Play Video]
Dr. Apurva Mody, Chairman and President, WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) [Download Now]
Mr. Peter Bloom, Coordinator, Rhizomatica [Download Now]
Moderator: Mr. Rick Whitt, Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Google Access, Alphabet Inc.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

A Discussion with the Regulators: Regulatory Best Practices for Greater Spectrum Utilization from Across the Globe

Regulators hold a truly crucial role in the development of new spectrum policy innovations and best practices, as well as ensuring the efficient use of spectrum for their consumers and citizens in their individual countries with their unique challenges. Therefore, there truly is not a “one size fits all” set of spectrum regulations for all countries. The last few years have seen significant regulatory innovations and developments in countries as diverse as Ghana (TVWS), the US (incentive auction), Botswana, Philippines (Free Wi‐Fi), UK, Canada, Malawi (TVWS), Singapore (Smart City/State), and more. Likewise, the world’s spectrum super‐regulator, the ITU Radiocommunications and Development Bureaus, have been gathering and developing technical, regulatory, and socioeconomic best practices from across the globe. This panel would explore these themes.


Mr. Glenn Fallas, General Director, Quality of Service and Spectrum Department, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Costa Rica [Download Now]
Dr. Agostinho Linhares, Manager, Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), Brazil [Download Now]
Mr. Ricardo Castañeda Alvarez, Director General de Ingenierla y Estudios Técnicos, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico
Mr. Manuel Gonzalez, Analista de Telecomunicaciones Departamento Administración del Espectro Radioeléctrico y Número, Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL), Chile [Download Now]
Dr. Martha Liliana Suárez Peñaloza, Director, Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), Colombia
Moderator: Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Driving the Ecosystem: Smart Financing, and Next Steps to Achieve Global Connectivity

Access to capital remains one of the general barriers to commercially sustainable investments in new spectrum‐related technologies contributing to bridging the digital divide or enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly in the emerging markets of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It has taken a quarter of a century to get the 3GPP ecosystem promoted by the GSMA to where it is today, and new ecosystems will take a long time to emerge. In the short term, smart financing approaches are required to push such new ecosystems. This panel will explore this important area of how new global connectivity ecosystems based on new spectrum approaches are financed, along with some real examples.


Mr. Mauricio Agudelo, Technology, Media and Telecom Specialist, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America-
Mr. Daniel Castano-Huertas, Investment Officer, Global Telecom, Media and Technology Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC) [Download Now]
Mr. Alex Hadden, Director, Structured Finance & Insurance Department, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) [Download Now]
 Moderator: Mr. Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corporation

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