2017 Global Summit
Cape Town, South Africa | May 9-11
Media & Awards
Day 2- DSA Global Summit
11 May 2017
Regulators Gather at the DSA Global Summit 2017 to Discuss Opportunities Dynamic Spectrum Access Creates to Move From a Place of Spectrum Scarcity to one of Spectrum Abundance
The DSA awards recognized member companies, organizations, individuals, and regulators who are actively participating in furthering innovation, increasing inclusion, and pursuing new opportunities in dynamic spectrum access. Awards were given during the May 10, 2017 DSA Global Summit Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
Award for Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum Access Policies
Dr. Martha Liliana Suárez Peñaloza – Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE)
For being the first spectrum regulator in Latin America to formally propose TV white space regulations. Under Martha’s leadership, several TV white space trials have already been conducted in Colombia, validating use cases and providing assurances to broadcasters that they will be protected from harmful interference.
Award for Increasing Digital Inclusion
Mawingu Networks is an Internet Service Provider that leverages Wi-Fi technologies and a pay-as-you-go model to provide low-cost broadband access to consumers in rural Kenya. Mawingu was the first ISP to deploy TV white spaces in Africa, under authorizations from the Communications Authority of Kenya. Mawingu is also looking at piloting other wireless last mile access technologies including CBRS. Mawingu is also pioneering the use of cloud-based services to power its broadband Internet access services.
Brightwave is a South African Internet service provider leveraging Wi-Fi and other low-cost wireless technologies to provide Internet access in underserved communities. For example, Brightwave has deployed Internet access in Soweto. Brightwave is currently deploying a network with support from USAASA-the South African universal service fund—in King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality (“KSD”) (pop. 451,710) and Mhlontlo Local Municipality (“MLM”) (pop. 188,226) in the Eastern Cape Province. This network will deliver internet access to 640,000 people, including 213,000 primary and secondary students.
Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution
Paul Garnett, Chairman of the Board Since 2013
Paul Garnett led the formation of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance from its inception and has continued to champion for its efforts 4 years later. He is a key leader within the organization as Chairman of the Board and a key resource for everything related to the DSA. We thank him for his years of service.
Award for Internet of Things Innovation
Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft
Ranveer is using the cloud and dynamic spectrum access to help small farmers increase their production and move from subsistence to production. Specifically, through his Farmbeats project, Ranveer is leveraging Wi-Fi and TV white space network access, moisture, humidity, and other sensors, high-definition cameras, drones, and Microsoft Azure cloud-based artificial intelligence to provide farmers with the information they need to increase production.
Award for a Student-Led Initiative or Research on New Opportunities for Dynamic Spectrum Access
University of Strathclyde, Centre for White Space Communications
The Centre for White Space Communications (CWSC) was established in 2011 with initial seed funding from the Scottish Universities Funding Council, as an industry focused R&D Centre. Since then more than 35 PhD and Master Researchers have worked in the Centre on a variety of White Space, dynamic spectrum and software defined radio (SDR) projects.
The CWSC objectives were to work directly with industry partners (i) to investigate the software and hardware technologies to achieve dynamic spectrum access for TVWS, (ii) to establish real world testbeds and prototypes for TVWS, and (iii) to consider the applications of TVWS, including rural broadband and IoT.
CWSC has successfully led multiple key dynamic spectrum projects across a range of technical areas. Key projects include: White Space Pilot Network in Orkney Islands in 2015, Ofcom Glasgow Pilot Project in 2014, The Mawingu Project in Kenya in 2014, and Isle of Bute White Space Testbed in 2011.
CWSC has been at the forefront of dynamic spectrum technology and regulatory innovation since 2011, and continues to actively support new developments in the field.
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