The DSA 2020 Global Summit Goes Virtual!

Due to the prolonged pandemic and in the best interest of interest of DSA guest, member, and staff safety, the Eighth Annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance 2020 Global Summit was held virtually this year. The 2020 Global Summit brought together policy makers, regulators, academia, and private sector leaders in spectrum management to discuss and debate spectrum sharing methods and models, from exclusive use licensing to unlicensed spectrum allocations.

The Summit explored how various spectrum sharing regulatory regimes across a variety of complementary spectrum bands can be coordinated to lower costs and increase the capacity of deployments across the globe and connect the remaining 4 billion to the digital economy.

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Global Summit was the premier event for policy makers, regulators, and industry personnel on Spectrum Sharing. Sessions included keynote presentations, regulatory and industry focused panel sessions, and discussion-oriented roundtables lead by Summit sponsors.

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SEE AGENDA BELOW

DSA 2020 Global Summit Agenda

Tuesday, November 3rd

8:15 AM EST

Introduction and Welcome

Speaker:

Steve Song, Fellow, Mozilla Foundation Research Associate, Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)

8:25 AM EST

Opening Welcome from ANFR

Speaker:

Gilles Brégant, Directeur Général, National Frequency Agency (ANFR)

8:35 AM EST

International overview about spectrum management and regulatory challenges for implementing dynamic access

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Martha Suarez, President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)

8:55 AM EST

ITU response to the effects faced by the unconnected in a post COVID-19 world

Session Recording /Session Slides

Speaker:

Mario Maniewicz, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

9:15AM EST

Networking Break

9:35 AM EST

Economic and Social Impact of Unlicensed Access in 6 GHz Band

Description: What is the importance of the 6GHz band for unlicensed access? Which are the trends related to wireless unlicensed devices? What is Wi-Fi6 and why is it so disruptive? This panel will also highlight the regulatory advancements in the 6 GHz band. 

Session Recording /  Session Slides

Speakers:

Agostinho Linhares, Manager, Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), Brazil

Chris Woolford, Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom

Eric Fournier, Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, Agence nationale des frequencies (ANFR)

Chuck Lukaszewski, Vice President, Wireless Strategy & Standards, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Moderator: 

Colin Thomson, Head of Practice, Infrastructure, Access Partnerships

11:05 AM EST

The importance of connectivity for innovation, rural connectivity

Description: Short sessions covering several use cases related to connectivity and dynamic spectrum access. These three would focus on rural connectivity and broadband coverage plans in USA, partnership with rural ISP’s, and connectivity for inclusion.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speakers:

Claude Aiken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Internet Service Provider’s Association (WISPA)

Richard Thanki, Co-founder and Managing Director, Jangala

Heather Lanigan, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Moderator:

Martha Suarez, President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

11:50 AM EST

Closing Remarks

Speaker: 

Steve Song, Fellow, Mozilla Foundation, Research Associate, Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)

12:00 PM EST

Networking Break

Day 1 On Demand (Pre-Recorded) Sessions

 

How to connect the unconnected: Enabling future proof technology solutions for everyone and everything.

Description: Session will focus on technology opportunities to reach rural users and meet capacity needs in more urban areas.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speakers:

Austin Nwaulune, Director, Spectrum Administration Department, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC)

 Arturo Robles Rovalo, Commissioner, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico

Julie Zoller, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper, Amazon

Sidney Roberts, Director, Airband Engineering, Microsoft

Wesley Eddy, Aerospace Software Engineer, Loon

Moderator:

H Nwana, Managing Partner, Cenerva Ltd.

 

Creating the right environment for investment: Strategic partnerships

Description: Session will focus on forming strategic partnerships to improve investment and ROI.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speakers: 

Allan Ruiz Madrigal, Secretario Ejecutivo, Colonia Altos de Miramontes (COMTELCA), Honduras

 Mark Rotter, General Manager Africa, Adaptrum

 Antonio Garcia Zaballos, Lead Specialist Telecommunications – Broadband Platform Coordinator, Interamerican Development Bank

Rob Henley, Principal, Stadia Corporate Advisor

Alex Hadden, Director, Structured Finance & Insurance Department, US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Moderator:

Frank McCosker, Director, Global Good Networks

 

European Agenda for Spectrum Sharing

Description: An update on the status of shared spectrum in Europe.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Mauro Martino, Co-chair, RSPG Spectrum Sharing Group, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy

Moderator:

Scott Blue, Spectrum Policy Expert, Microsoft

Wednesday, November 4th

8:30 AM EST

Introduction and Welcome

Speaker:

Steve Song, Fellow, Mozilla Foundation, Research Associate, Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)

8:40 AM EST

Keynote Address

Speakers:

Sébastien Soriano, Président, French Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP)

9:00 AM EST

Keynote Address

Speakers:

 Session Recording / Session Slides

Gilles Brégant, Directeur Général, National Frequency Agency (ANFR)

9:20 AM EST

Networking Break

9:40 AM EST

One Large Undertaking: How CBRS came to be in the USA

Description: A short history of the CBRS solution, followed by an explanation of how it has changed the way people are looking at spectrum sharing (both from an industry and government perspective). What went right and what could have gone better.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Dave Wright, President, CBRS Alliance / Head of Spectrum Policy & Standards, CommScope

10:00 AM EST

Worldwide initiatives to deliver more mid-band spectrum through sharing

Description: Dynamic spectrum access is a means to quickly enable more intensive use of spectrum while protecting incumbent services using the spectrum. Protection of incumbents moves the focus to the appropriate and reasonable sharing criteria that permits the efficient use of the airwaves. Some regulators have decided to move beyond zero-sum game discussions on spectrum allocation and have closely worked with the industry with impressive results. This session will give an update from various regulators on how spectrum sharing has given or is giving them an option to make more spectrum available in the mid-band while protecting incumbent services. Why do they feel it is important, what challenges are they facing, and how are they looking to resolve those issues?

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speakers:

Andy Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google

Guillaume Lebrun, Spectrum Consultant, Facebook

 Jennifer McCarthy, VP, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless 

Alexander Kühn, Deputy Head of Spectrum, CEPT / CPG Chair, BNetzA, Germany

Charles Cooper, Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA

Moderator:

Michael Calabrese, Director, Future Wireless Project, New America’s Open Technology Institute

11:20 AM EST

Networking Break

11:40 AM EST

How spectrum policy thinking is changing

Description: A top down view of how the changing world and people’s needs have affected the desire for more spectrum, and why so many regulators are changing their approaches to making spectrum available for other purposes, addressing the technical challenges (the ability of databases to manage spectrum allocation),as well as economic and policy concerns (i.e. spectrum is more valuable to the economy when it is readily available than when it is sold off in large chunks). 

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Daniel Rabinovitsj, Vice President, Facebook

12:00 PM EST

Closing Remarks

Speaker:

Steve Song, Fellow, Mozilla Foundation, Research Associate, Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)

Day 2 On Demand (Pre-Recorded) Sessions

 

The importance of connectivity for community centers and development

Description: Short sessions covering several social-based topics and use cases related to connectivity and dynamic spectrum access. These three would focus on connectivity for libraries and community centers, women and connectivity and connectivity and broadband coverage actions in France.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Don Means, Director, Gigabit Libraries Network, Libraries Whitespace Project – Connectivity for libraries and community centers

Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Development, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Jane Coffin, Senior Vice President, Internet Growth, Internet Society (ISOC)

 

Spectrum sharing in the mmWaves, flexible regulations and the infrastructure challenge

Description: What is unique about mmWaves and their importance for connectivity. A perspective about the technology, the most recent solutions but also the limitations of the band and the challenges in terms of regulations to make the band more readily available.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speakers:

Alan Norman, Public Policy Director, Facebook

Jameson Dempsey, Government Affairs Counsel, Loon, an Alphabet Company

Mark Reudink, Vice President Product Development, Crown Castle

Mohammed A. AlAbdulqader, CITC Spectrum Team, Communications and Information Technology Commission

Moderator:

Monica Paolini, Principal, Senza Fili

 

Respond, recover, reimagine: Accelerating progress towards the SDGs during COVID-19

Description: In this session, hear from partners of the Microsoft Airband Initiative about their efforts to advance connectivity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during a global pandemic through innovation, investment, and partnerships.

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speakers:

Lene Sjørslev Schulze, Business Development, Bluetown

Sylvia Jaramillo, General Manager, Anditel

Bryan Kariuki, Managing Director, Investment and Partnerships, Mawingu Networks

Moderator:

Fatema Kothari, Senior Program Manager, Airband Initiative, Microsoft

 

Adding Intelligence to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing

Description: Meeting the challenges of Affordable Broadband & The High Bandwidth Services in 5G & Beyond Networks – a work based on research and innovation published at IEEE 5G World Forum, ITU AI/ML Workshop IEEE 6G Summit and DySPAN 2019p

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

 

Kenya CA TVWS Project

Description: Update on a joint TVWS Project in Kenya

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Leonard Mabele, Junior Research Fellow and Manager, IoT Research Lab at iLabAfrica, Strathmore University

Thursday, November 5th

8:30 AM EST

Introduction and Welcome

Speaker:

Steve Song, Fellow, Mozilla Foundation, Research Associate, Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)

8:40 AM EST

Keynote Addresses

Speakers:

Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom

Session Recording / Session Slides

9:20 AM EST

Networking Break

9:40 AM EST

Sharing Spectrum while Protecting Incumbents through Multi-stakeholder Collaboration

Description: Session to focus on engagement and relationship building between government and industry to establish good working relationships, adopt incumbent protection regulations and foster smooth transitions.

Session RecordingSession Slides

Speaker:

David Salomão, Head of the Office of Studies, Market Regulation and Development, Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique

Preston Marshall, Principle Wireless Architect, Google

Jeffrey Yan, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

• José Aguilar, Director General de Políticas y Regulación en Comunicaciones, Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), Peru

Moderator:

Jane Coffin, Senior Vice President, Internet Growth, Internet Society (ISOC)

11:00 AM EST

How Corporate Social Responsibility is Promoting a Connected World

Description: What effect has corporate responsibility had on promoting a more connect world? Why is it important that corporations promote such goals and how do they justify it?  Does greater access lead to greater prosperity, and should companies like Microsoft really care about addressing hurdles to rural connectivity or should they leave it to the regulators?

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Shelley McKinley, Vice President of Technology & Corporate Responsibility, Microsoft

11:20 AM EST

Networking Break

11:40 AM EST

Looking ahead to WRC-23: What’s on the agenda for spectrum policy?

Description: A discussion about WRC-23, how are the different regional groups working to prepare the next conference? Which key factors/challenges will need to be overcome to make spectrum sharing a reality in the different regions? Which are the main initiatives/projects that regional leaders are leading and how innovation in spectrum management could support them?

Session Recording / Session Slides

Speaker:

Oscar León, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)

 Tariq Al Awadhi, Chairman, Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) / Executive Director Spectrum Management Affairs, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)

Alexandre Kholod, Chairman, CPG-23, Conference of European Postal and Telecommunication Administrations (CEPT)

John Omo, Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)

Muneo Abe, Vice Chairman, APT Conference Preparatory Group (APG)

Moderator:

William Webb, CEO, Webb Search Limited

12:50 PM EST

Closing Remarks

Speaker:

Martha Suarez, President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Session Recording / Session Slides

Day 3 On Demand (Pre-Recorded) Session

 

TV Whitespaces – Opportunities and Challenges to Scaling

Description: TVWS regulations and adoption have been significantly increasing over the last 2 years. What are the leading existing projects today? What are the lessons in terms of creating an ecosystem to accomplish broadband connectivity in isolated areas? What are the next steps so TVWS will have the same extent than Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies have? What are the new use cases targeted with this technology?

Session Recording /  Session Slides

Speakers:

Yolisa Kedama, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Haiyun Tang, CEO, Adaptrum

Miguel Felipe Anzola, Director General, Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE)

John Leamy, ICT Innovation & Research Manager, Agriculture and Food Development Authority (TEAGASC)

Alternative Communication Models for Connecting Communities

Description: Hear from experts working to connect community centers though alternative means

Session Recording /  Session Slides

Speakers:

Juan Basilio Gnius, Director of Planning at the Undersecretary, Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones, Argentina

Nathalia Foditsch, Senior Policy and Regulatory Specialist, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Development, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Carlos Rey-Moreno, Co-lead Local Networks: Policy and Strategy, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Moderator:

Jane Coffin, Senior Vice President, Internet Growth, Internet Society (ISOC)

DSA AWARDS

The DSA awards recognize member companies, organizations, individuals, and regulators who have actively participated in furthering innovation, increasing inclusion, and pursuing new opportunities in dynamic spectrum access over the past year. Awards were presented on November 4, 2020 during the DSA Global Summit.

DSA Award Categories

Award for Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum Access Policies

This award recognizes one policy-maker or regulator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in adopting and implementing policies making more spectrum available on an opportunistic basis.

Qualifications: Applicable nominees will demonstrate a clear conviction of improving the well-being of its citizens in areas such as e-healthcare, education, agriculture, smart city implementation, or rural connectivity, and have initiated the process sometime in the past 20 months.

Thus Year’s Award Winner: Communication Authority Kenya

Award for Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes individuals who, during their lifetimes, have made considerable contributions of outstanding significance in the field of dynamic spectrum sharing and dynamic access technologies.

This Year’s Award Winner: Paul Garnett

Award for Increasing Digital Inclusion

This award recognizes an organization or individual who has successfully developed and/or deployed a spectrum-based technology and/or business model that has the potential to reduce the cost of internet access and get billions more people online.

Qualifications: Applicable Nominees will be based on those who have showed a remarkable fierce drive to connect those once thought to be too high a burden to connect in 2019.

This Year’s Award Winner: Ministry of Innovation, Government of El Salvador

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

The award recognizes a student, student led initiatives, or student groups who have made significant academic and research contributions in the area of dynamic spectrum access

Qualifications: Applicable Nominees will be students, student led initiatives, or student groups who have encouraged development of, or developed themselves technology, research, or programs that exemplify the potential of Dynamic Spectrum Technologies and their ability to connect people. 

This Year’s Award Winner: Universidad Santo Tomas

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Interested in sponsoring the 2020 DSA Global Summit?
See full sponsorship packages here or contact admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org for more information.

Sponsorship packages include, among other things, free passes, speaking and exhibitor opportunities,
and media advertisement throughout the event campaign.

Media Partners

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