The DSA 2021 Global Summit is Virtual! – June 8-10, 2021

The Ninth Annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance 2021 Global Summit was held virtually this year. The 2021 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.



Session 1 | June 8

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10:00AM ET | Keynote Addresses 


Martha Suarez, President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance – Slides

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

Leonardo Euler, President, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), Brazil – Slides

Thomas Ewers, Head of Section, International Spectrum Affairs, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) – Slides


11:40AM ET | The Importance of Unlicensed Access

Description: Is there still a need for more unlicensed access to spectrum for broadband, Wi-Fi, and 5G networks? This session will focus on real world data which confirms such a need still exists and is growing for both enterprises and consumers. How unlicensed access is complimentary to existing forms of communications?


John M Cioffi, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Incorporated (ASSIA) – Slides

Mark Walker, Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Data Corporation (IDC) – Slides

Chris Szymanski, Director of Product Marketing, Broadcom (Market Readiness Demos) – Slides

Session 2 | June 8

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10:00PM ET | Regulatory Update on 6 GHz

Description: This panel will highlight the regulatory best practices for advancing broadband connectivity in the 6 GHz band and why it is important to consider unlicensed access for all 1200 MHz of the 6GHz band. What trends related to wireless unlicensed devices (such as Wi-Fi6, 6E, and Wi-Fi7) mean for the band?


Dr. Agostinho Linhares, Manager, Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), Brazil

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

Alexander Kühn, Deputy Head of International Spectrum Affairs, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) – Slides

Michael O’ Rielly, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Principal, MPORielly Consulting, LLC

MODERATOR: Mary Brown, Senior Director, Technology and Spectrum Policy, Government Affairs, Cisco Systems



11:30PM ET | APAC Regulatory Keynote Presentations

Description: Hear from relevant stakeholders of the APAC Region on how spectrum sharing is progressing in the region and how it will enable more broadband access.


Dr. Ir. Ismail, Director General of Frequency Spectrum Management and IT Equipment Standard, Ministry of ICT Indonesia – Slides

Alan Norman, Public Policy Director, Facebook – Slides

Session 3 | June 9

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10:00AM ET | Keynote Addresses 


Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom – Slides

Mohammed AlOtaibi, Deputy Governor, Radio Spectrum, Communications, and Information Technology Commission (CITC) Saudi Arabia – Slides

Mr. John Omo, Secretary-General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)

Mr. Tom Olwero, Director, Frequency Spectrum Management, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Nairobi, Kenya


11:30AM ET | Spectrum Sharing in Mid-Band in North America and Europe

Description: Hear from industry experts on the progress of benefits of spectrum sharing in the mid-band, and what best practices have been identified for regulators looking to open up more spectrum.


Andrew Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google – Slides

Dave Wright, President, OnGo Alliance – Slides

Chuck Lukaszewski, Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Slides

Jennifer McCarthy, Vice President, Legal Advocacy, Federated Wireless

MODERATOR: Michael Calabrese, Director, Future Wireless Project, New America’s Open Technology Institute – Video Statement

Session 4 | June 10

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8:00AM ET | Policy and Spectrum Regulations  

Description: Updates from countries/regions on how they are implementing spectrum sharing regulatory framework, what their priorities are and how does it fit into their national spectrum plans?


Javier Juárez Mojica, Commissioner, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) Mexico – Slides

Ms. Yolisa Kedama, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), South Africa – Slides

Mr. Peter Zimri, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), South Africa

Shalini Periyalwar, Expert Director, Advanced Communications Engineering, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) – Slides

Glenn Fallas, General Director, Quality of Service and Spectrum Department, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) Costa Rica – Slides

Pavel Sistek, Head of Policy and Strategy Unit, Czech Telecommunication Office – Slides

Session 5 | June 10

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10:00AM ET | Economic Benefit of Flexible Spectrum Networks  

Description: Martha will provide an overview of the topic. Katz will cover how important spectrum sharing networks are to local and regional economies.


Martha Suarez, president, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Dr. Raul Katz, President, Telecom Advisory Services – Slides

MODERATOR: Monica Paolini, Founder and Principal, Senza Fili


10:30AM ET | Wireless Internet Service Panel

Description: Spectrum sharing is not about making spectrum available for a few companies, but about building a broad and diverse ecosystem. Local ISPs can help with this process and will give insight into how regulators can best work with industry to build digital economies.


Basilio Rodríguez Perez, President, Federation of Associations and Chambers of Internet Providers of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-ISP) – Slides

Claude Aiken, President & CEO, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)

Alex Jucius, General Director, Associação NEO – Slides

Michael Ginguld, Co-Founder, Director, Strategy & Operations, AirJaldi – Rural Broadband Pvt. Ltd – Slides

Angus Mc Cloed, Managing Director, Juice Telecom – Slides

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


Microsoft Airband Initiative – Our Approach and Impact


FCDO and DSA Collaboration – New Spectrum Mindset


ISOC Discussion – Rural Connectivity in South America



Award for Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum Access Policies

National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), Brazil

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.

The 2020-2021 DSA Award Winners Are…

Award for Wi-Fi Innovation

Communications, and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

This award recognizes an organization or individual who has made significant contributions developing and/or deploying dynamic spectrum access technologies in support of Wi-Fi use cases; for example, spanning connected cars, health care, education, agriculture, supply chain management, and/or public safety.

Award for Increasing Digital Inclusion

Ministerio de Transporte y Comunicaciones, Peru

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.








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