DSA Newsletter | Q1 2017 www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org events, future plans, news and more
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Keeping you updated about our activities! Here we highlight our latest work and focus on areas where we are empowering the next wave of spectrum access.
The end of 2016 marked the end of an exceptionally busy year for the DSA, and in my first newsletter since joining the Alliance as President back in November, I find myself reflecting on how busy the first quarter of 2017 has been. We’ve attended events around the world, made good progress toward the Global Summit, which is being held in Cape Town, South Africa (May 9-11 2017) and continued to lobby for efficient and fair spectrum management and access.
Now more than ever, the tech industry is recognising the crucial role that spectrum will play as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart initiatives become a reality. Effective spectrum management and dynamic access is essential, which is why the DSA is focused on several key priorities for the year ahead.
In January, I represented the DSA at the Pacific Telecommunications Conference (PTC) on a panel entitled “Spectrum Revolution: Where, What, Why, and How.”  At my first event as President of the DSA, I focused on the broad message of the importance of dynamic access to help us move from an environment of spectrum scarcity to one of spectrum abundance. 
At the end of January, the Board of the DSA held a board level workshop to rethink the priorities of the organization and to gain a common position on steps forward.  It was a very productive all-day meeting hosted by Facebook.  We agreed on framing a Mission Statement around “making spectrum abundant and wireless the solution for broadband services.”  We also agreed that maximizing the utilization of spectrum through dynamic access would be critical in achieving the following goals: (1) Connecting the next 4 billion; (2) Accelerating the digital economy; and (3) Stimulating wireless innovation for next generation broadband.   
In order to achieve these goals, we realized that the DSA, in addition to continuing to advocate for dynamic sharing and the availability of unlicensed spectrum, would need to continue to broaden its focus beyond advocating for TV White Space.  The group then decided that for 2017, the DSA would add focused efforts on 3.5 GHz and the expansion of a regulatory structure similar to the FCC’s CBRS rules to the adjacent 3.7 – 4.2 GHz band, as well as focus on use of dynamic sharing in the 5 GHz and 6 GHz (5.925 – 6.425 GHz) band to enable additional unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi. 
Beyond adding these two bands to the DSA’s established efforts on TVWS, we also discussed efforts to advocate for dynamic access to a number of other bands including millimeter wave spectrum for unlicensed use, as well as high altitude platform services (HAPS).  The group decided that the DSA’s broad advocacy of dynamic sharing would appropriately include these bands and these efforts.
We expect to launch discussions and efforts around these new bands soon and will put together work groups to coordinate activities in the near future.  This workshop was an excellent example of the value of the DSA board in working together to identify areas of mutual interest.  Through my first months as President of the organization, I have found that one unique advantage of the DSA is the strong common interest between the members for promoting dynamic sharing technology as a way to advance broadband access.
After the Board workshop, I attended Convergence India in New Delhi and participated on a panel entitled “Broadband Deployment Through TVWS”. I was able to talk about the importance of dynamic sharing technology generally, and TVWS specifically, in reaching the underserved in India’s thousands of villages.  Prime Minister Modi has made his “Digital India” campaign a priority to enable a modernization of the Indian economy and government.  These plans cannot be accomplished without delivering broadband services to rural India and the government is still searching for solutions. There is a growing recognition in India that the digital divide cannot be closed without dynamic spectrum access, including TVWS technology, and more unlicensed spectrum and Wi-Fi capabilities. The DSA is committed to working with the Indian government to help bring the benefits of broadband to all corners of the country.
During my trip I was able to meet with the Additional Secretary at the Department of Telecommunications Mr. N. Sivasailam. He also stated how important the Digital India effort was and that he expected movement on TVWS within the next year.  We discussed the 3.5 GHz band, as well as the 3.6 – 4.2 GHz band, for broadband and 5 and 6 GHz for Wi-Fi.  There is a strong interest in the Department of Telecommunications to enable wireless solutions for broadband access and dynamic spectrum access is being increasingly recognized as an important technological and regulatory tool to enable this.
At the end of February, I made a trip to South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia. The main purpose of the trip was to meet with the South African regulator, ICASA, in advance of our Global Summit to ensure that they remain supportive as our co-hosts for the event. I was supported on this trip with significant help from Trevor Genis and the team at Microsoft, as well as by Mark Rotter, our DSA Treasurer from Adaptrum. Mark joined me for most of my meetings and we developed a very good 1-2 punch over the course of the trip.
The meeting with ICASA was with Willington Ngwepe, Chief Operations Officer. The meeting went very well and Mr. Ngwepe confirmed ICASA’s support for the Summit (and willingness to sponsor a dinner at the event), but also informed us that they will be releasing draft TVWS rules shortly and plan to finalize the rules within the next year. Further, Mr. Ngwepe agreed to support raising the Summit at various intergovernmental meetings scheduled with regional governmental organizations over the coming weeks. They are also willing to participate in weekly meetings that Mark will host to inform them about our progress with the Summit organizing. We believe this meeting made outstanding progress to bring ICASA and the DSA on the same page with respect to the Summit.
Mark and I were also able to meet with Lumko Mtimde, Chief Executive Officer of USAASA (Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa), to discuss the challenges of bringing broadband to those who are unconnected in South Africa.  We spoke about the difficulties the government is having in encouraging the major wireless carriers to deploy outside of the dense urban core, and we were able to mention the importance of dynamic access technologies to help bridge the gap by reducing the cost of deployment in ways that would make service economically feasible and sustainable.  We discussed TVWS, as well as Wi-Fi and unlicensed services.  Mr. Mtimde was very interested and wants to work with the DSA to visit existing pilot projects in South Africa.  He has also confirmed his plans to attend and participate in the Summit in Cape Town.
Another very productive meeting was with the Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) in South Africa.  This is an organization of small wireless access providers, many of which are very interested in dynamic access technologies to enable them to deliver wireless broadband solutions to both rural areas and underserved urban areas in the country.  WAPA is keen to work with the DSA going forward to advocate for dynamic access.  We are exploring different opportunities for doing so and of course advocated for attendance at the Summit and believe a number of WAPA members will be attending.
The final “trip” of the quarter was to participate at the SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, DC. I had been invited to join two panels, one related to spectrum which I moderated, and another discussing the future of satellites, on which I was a panellist. In both I was able to raise the issue of dynamic access as being critical to the future of the satellite industry.
In the first panel, we had government participants from the FCC, ANFR in France, and ANATEL in Brazil, along with GSMA and satellite industry participants. The topic of sharing was central to the discussions and identified by all as being an important way forward. Although many still expressed a desire for exclusive spectrum rights for terrestrial wireless services, most agreed that in the future, such spectrum will be very difficult to find and that sharing with incumbents will be increasingly important.
The second panel focused on the future of satellites, particularly in the broadband space. Spectrum very quickly became an important point of discussion and I was able to stress that the satellite industry’s ability to get access to new spectrum, much less protect existing spectrum, is being challenged on all fronts. Dynamic access, however, enables the industry to approach the issue from a different perspective. Given that dynamic sharing starts with the premise that incumbents will receive reasonable protection, both for existing deployments as well as future deployments, it is a sharing technology and technique that the satellite industry should support. It is also one that can be used to enable satellites to get access to new spectrum bands that they seek to access for future growth. I made clear, however, that it will be difficult to suggest that the technology is only applicable to new bands and services, while looking for status quo in the C-band, for example.
My first quarter as President of the DSA has been incredibly challenging and rewarding.  I believe that we have an incredibly strong membership, board, and most of all, message.  Governments are receptive but we still need to show the technology works and adequately protects incumbents; that databases can be kept current and deployed equipment can be made to operate under the rules; and finally, that the economics will enable dynamic sharing technology to start closing the digital divide and deliver on future bandwidth needs.  Our message is thus strong but we still have a lot of work to do.
The coming months are set to be as busy as the first quarter. I have speaking engagements at The Digital Regulation Forum in London at the end of March, CommunicAsia in Singapore, and of course the DSA’s Global Summit in South Africa, both of which are in May. The variety and location of events I am attending is reflective of how far reaching issues of spectrum management stretch. There is a need for global cooperation and for the DSA to work with regulators on a global scale to effectively manage the spectrum we have available.
None of the work the Alliance does would be possible without the support and continued efforts of you, the membership. I thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with and meeting with as many of you as possible at the Global Summit.

DSA President Kalpak Gude

DSA Activity Update

DSA Global Summit 2017
The DSA Global Summit 2017 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, May 9-11, 2017. The hotel venue for the event will be the Lagoon Beach Hotel, and we are honored to have this year’s conference co-hosted by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). You can view the full press release announcing the Summit here.
This year’s Global Summit will focus on implementation of a range of spectrum sharing regimes that will address both rural and urban connectivity challenges across the Globe. Building upon the success of last year’ Summit in Bogota, the DSA will once again hold a full-day Regulator Workshop on May 9, followed by two full days of sessions, seminars, and town hall discussions. We are also pleased to announce that we will be co-locating the Global Summit with Wi-Fi NOW, the world’s no. 1 event & media company for the Wi-Fi industry.
Discounted registration rates and guest passes, as well as speaking and networking opportunities are available for members interested in sponsorship. One important benefit you should be aware of is that new memberships and membership upgrades can be counted toward sponsorships. If you have any questions about sponsoring this year’s event, please contact admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.
To read the latest DSA Global Summit press release, please click here.

Policy/Regulation Update

Regulatory Affairs Work Group (RAWG) update
As a cross-industry organization, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance works to engage with regulators and government officials to promote the adoption of legal and regulatory frameworks that facilitate dynamic access to radio spectrum.
The Regulatory Affairs Work Group continues to develop policy positions for ratification by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, draft documents for submission to regulatory agencies and develops high-level positions on critical issues related to dynamic spectrum sharing.
Recent updates include:
January 2017: DSA response to ACMA Outlook Consultation The Australian regulator, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), opened a consultation on the long-term outlook for spectrum allocations. RAWG submitted comments on January 19th touting the many tangible benefits of dynamic allocations, including Wi-Fi, TVWS, and multi-tiered database-driven frameworks. 
January 2017: DSA Response to the ANE consultation on TV White Spaces rules for Colombia In Colombia, RAWG submitted comments on January 23rd lauding the ANE's decision to move forward with a rulemaking proceeding, but noting some unsupportable limitations in the proposed rules. 
January 2017: DSA Opposition to Spectrum Frontier Petitions for Reconsideration On 31st January, RAWG submitted an opposition to petitions for reconsideration filed by CTIA and others in the FCC's Spectrum Frontiers proceeding. The petitioners sought to reverse the FCC's designation of the 60 GH band as allocated for unlicensed use, and bring the 37-37.6 bands within the exclusive licensed regime. The group argued that the Commission's original decisions were consistent with a balanced approach to spectrum allocation, and unlocking the many benefits of dynamic sharing technologies.
January 2017: DSA Comments in Response to FWCC Petition The Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) filed a petition at the FCC seeking a rulemaking to modify the existing regulations governing fixed services and fixed satellite services in the 3.7-4.2 GHz bands. RAWG submitted comments supporting the FWCC position, which argues the existing rules are too restrictive, and should be relaxed to allow additional non-interfering uses under the current Part 101 rules. The group also explained how a multi-tier, database-driven framework in the Part 96 rules, similar to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) adopted for the 3.5 GHz bands, could be modified and applied in the 3.7-4.2 bands. 
February 2017: DSA Response to New Zealand Spectrum Outlook Consultation New Zealand opened a similar proceeding to the Australian regulator, ACMA, to develop its own five-year spectrum plan. RAWG filed comments on February 14th making a similar pitch for the inclusion of dynamic sharing in the regulator's plans.
February 2017: DSA Response to TATT Consultation on TV White Space bands The Trinidad and Tobago Telecommunications office (TATT) opened its own consultation on new spectrum bands for TVWS. RAWG filed comments on February 24th strongly supporting the new proceeding, but pointing out that the proposed restrictions on uses (fixed, not mobile devices) and power limits would hamper the full potential of the technology. 
Any Dynamic Spectrum Alliance member can participate in the Regulatory Affairs Work Group, so if you are interested in this area, then please contact admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.

Member/Partner Updates

In this section, we share updates and news from DSA members around the world, if you have an update that you’d like to be included in the next newsletter, please email admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.
On February 16 2017, Keith Sinclair, Senior Director of Marketing, Adaptrum, represented the DSA at the 25th Open ICT Forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). Forum highlights include a discussion around the use of TVWS databases, however, due to the small size of the island the same channels will be available throughout the islands geography - TATT will determine a list of available channels. While the database will provide a list of available channels for devices to access, it will be predominantly used for device registration. 
In addition, Sean Rocke (EE Professor at UWI St. Augustine) noted that although there is not a spectrum crunch in Trinidad and Tobago, there is still a strong case to be made for TVWS and DSA given that it offers some interesting ICT applications. The discussion ended with an academic look at the technology and discussed; alternate dynamic access mechanisms (GeoDB, spectrum sensing, beacons) and the need for regulation flexibility (as opposed to stability) - that said, he recognised the need for both. He also mentioned the need for flexibility regarding equipment, so that it can evolve, adapt, and keep pace with technological advances. Further developments are expected later in the year as there are several TVWS pilots planned in the region.

Keith Sinclair, Adaptrum, speaking on a panel session at the 25th Open ICT Forum event in Trinidad and Tobago

The Canadian Spectrum Policy Research
From Thursday 11 May – Friday 12 May 2017, the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research centre is hosting its 2017 Canadian Spectrum Summit event at Calgary University. The two-day event will centre on the future of spectrum management around the globe and will explore; spectrum and 5G, the implications of the rise in digital connectivity in relation to spectrum, dynamic pricing, spectrum policy in the developing world, the role of spectrum auctions – are there alternatives? And what the future might hold for spectrum. More information about the event can be found here.
The Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R) A*STAR
I²R is continuing its work in Singapore to promote dynamic spectrum access through TV White Space technology. The organisation has been working with Network Genetics to host its Geolocation database service, which manages spectrum availability for TVWS. The initiative has facilitated the adoption of TVWS technology in the region and bridged the gap for commercial deployments. Most recently, Whizpace Pte Ltd, a spin-off company of I²R A*STAR headed by Dr Oh Ser Wah, has been established to provide solutions that bridge the digital divide and connect underserved areas through cost-effective TVWS backhaul equipment. Whizpace hopes to increase the adoption of TVWS technology in the Asia Pacific Region. Find out more by visiting the website here.
Ruckus Wireless
In August 2016, the CBRS Alliance was launched with the mission of developing, promoting, and standardizing LTE solutions for the U.S. 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. The Alliance has experienced very strong growth from the original 6 founding companies to a membership of 37 companies as of February 22nd, including major mobile operators, cable system operators, and network equipment vendors.  CBRS is a testament to the possibilities of dynamic spectrum access, featuring a framework which includes provisions for federal and commercial incumbents (Tier 1), priority access licensed (Tier 2), and opportunistic/permissive use of the band (Tier 3).
The working groups of the Alliance continue to drive towards an interoperability certification program available later this year. The inaugural All Member Meeting was held in early January, and the next is scheduled for April in Denver. Members have announced significant developments in terms of both trials and products supporting the band. The Alliance also recently released a whitepaper on the new business models enabled by CBRS.
Last November, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) held a symposium on Wireless Fiber technology, looking at rules for V-band and E-band.
Government and regulator side participants included Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Ayog (the top policy advisory body linked with PM office), JS Deepak, Secretary, DoT and top leadership from TRAI (Member, Secretary and Principal Advisor).
Secretary, JS Deepak has been quoted in the media saying "The V band is obviously the special spectrum as it has great scope because of its capacity for backhaul, ability to aggregate Wi-Fi hotspots and its low interference property due to oxygen absorption. The TRAI recommendation makes use of these frequencies and broadly talks about the mix of licensing including light touch regulations and delicensing”.
For further reading on this topic, please click here, or, to view a recent white paper by the BIF describing the merits of delicensing the V-band, please click here.
Saankhya Labs
In February 2017, Saankhya Labs, a Cognitive Radio startup providing last-mile wireless connectivity solution for the “Other 3 Billion”, announced the industry’s fastest Wi-FAR compliant TV White Space products with support for 6 and 8MHz TV channels and TDD mode. Saankhya supplies Base Station “Meghdoot” (Sanskrit for Cloud Messenger – SLB802T) and a CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) Modem “Dhaval” (Sanskrit for Dazzling White- SLC802T).
The IEEE and Whitespace Alliance compliant equipment is targeted at Fixed Wireless Broadband applications and brings together a combination of dynamic spectrum and high spectral efficient 4G technologies. A major business challenge in addressing rural markets in developing countries is achieving return on investment given the anticipated lower ARPU (average revenue per user) weighing against investment in towers and power backup costs owing to unreliable availability of electrical power. Mr Parag Naik, CEO of Saankhya Labs said, “With ease of installation and maintenance offered by Saankhya’s products, local village entrepreneurs can become Wireless Internet Service Providers and become a key part of taking internet connectivity to the “Other 3 Billion” of the World’s population”.
Communication Research Center (CRC) of National Taiwan University
The Communication Research Center of National Taiwan University has been building upon its work and incorporating dynamic spectrum access into school security systems. A pilot project, which was set up together with DSA Pilot Group Taiwan in the summer of 2016, began at Li-Shan Elementary School in Taipei. This initiative has been created to put teachers and parents at ease as campus security is an increasingly important issue. The pilot group is working to bring such next-generation security to school campuses through affordable TVWS -based access across Taiwan. The project opens up a new page of the IoT industry in Taiwan and reveals many opportunities going forward.
The pilot group and teachers at Li-Shan Elementary School Deployment of TVWS-based security cameras throughout the campus
- Analysis of Cases and Business Strategies – click here.
- Regulatory Analysis – click here.
- 2016 National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper – Africa Analysis – click here.

PR/Media Update

In the News
Fierce Wireless: New DSA leader says 3.5 GHz shows dynamic use models ready for prime time
Wireless Magazine: Spectrum sharing necessary to avoid scarcity as 5G approaches
India Tech Online: Need to look beyond spectrum scarcity, to the future 5G world
The Week:      'Dynamic spectral sharing necessary to achieve 5G goals'
IT Web Africa: 'Spectrum revolution is the end of scarcity'  
Satellite Evolution: “The Spectrum Revolution is the end of scarcity,” says Dynamic Spectrum Alliance President
Fierce Wireless: DSA encouraged by FCC spectrum direction  
CSI Magazine: The long and winding road to 5G (p20)
Tele.Sintese Q&A with Kalpak Gude, President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
Disruptive Asia Q&A: Dynamic sharing may be the only way to stop endless spectrum battles
Internet Society blog by Don Means: Public Spectrum for Public Access

Recent Industry Events

ITU Study Group 1 Rapporteur Group Meeting, 9-17 January, Geneva, Switzerland

Rapporteur Group meeting for Question 1/1: Policy, regulatory and technical aspects of the migration from existing networks to broadband networks in developing countries, including next-generation networks, m-services, OTT services and the implementation of IPv6

PTC’17, 15-18 January, Honolulu, Hawaii

PTC’17: Changing Realities explored the changing realities of business, customer demands, the global economy and the global regulatory environment to help attendees identify how these new realities are affecting them and how they can chart their own paths through the dynamic changes of our industry.

Wireless Broadband Alliance Regional Vision Forum, 16 January, Singapore, Malaysia

The WBA Vision Forum provided an opportunity for participants to meet senior executives from various Government offices, technology companies, telecom operators, ecosystem players, media, and analysts, with the goal of having dialogue on growth and evolving opportunities in unlicensed and licensed connectivity. The agenda discussed and addressed issues specific to certain regions and countries, including but not limited to public policy, roaming, Connected City developments, etc.

The 3rd Annual Middle East and North Africa Spectrum Management Conference, 24-25 January, Dubai, UAE

The 3rd Annual Middle East and North Africa Spectrum Management Conference provided a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and co-ordination of spectrum policy across the region, it was held as part of a week-long series of events.

3rd Meeting of the TDAG Correspondence Group on Streamlining Resolutions, 25 January, Geneva, Switzerland

This meeting continued the discussion on ways and means to effectively address the development priorities of ITU Membership, ahead on the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC). It carried out further work on integrating Resolutions on similar topics in view of their streamlining in preparation for WTDC-17, based on the revised guidelines for streamlining Resolutions of the WTDC. Feedback from the first two Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPMs) for WTDC-17 will also be passed on.

ATU-USAID Spectrum Workshop, 1-3 February, Nairobi, Kenya

Professor H Nwana helped to facilitate this workshop on behalf of the DSA and spoke on six panel discussions. He covered issues such as spectrum policy and economic regulation for Africa, the role of broadband in the digital economy and the spectrum priorities for Africa. The event was a great success with 24 regulators in attendance and provided a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the DSA and USAID as well as to promote the DSA Global Summit, Cape Town, May 9-11 2017.

Convergence India, 8-10 February, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

As India marches towards the digital economy of the 21st century, the 25th Convergence India 2017 expo played host to a congregation of 12,000+ business leaders from across the globe. The international exhibition and expo in India focused on new-age technologies and emerging business solutions, enabling to enrich the lives of a billion people. Kalpak Gude represented the DSA on the panel session ‘Broadband deployment through TV Whitespace’.

Westminster eForum “The UK telecoms sector: services, competition and the impact of Brexit”, 14 February, London, UK

The seminar assessed the UK telecoms sector, focusing on market structures, innovation, and pricing. The forum came at a time of great uncertainty regarding the future of the UK regulatory framework for telecoms and was timed to take place a year after the Government issued its response to Ofcom’s strategic review of digital, encouraging the regulator to take bold action in addressing competition problems identified. The planned sessions considered the latest developments in policy to promote growth, innovation, and quality of services in the UK telecoms market and the UK digital economy’s wider competitiveness, as well as examine industry initiatives in strengthening the consumer offer across fixed, mobile, broadband, and TV services to encourage fair market competition.

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) 25th ICT Open Forum on White Space technology, 16 February, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean

The DSA was invited to join the TATT 25th ICT Open Forum event earlier this year, which was held to aid in the consultation of the recently drafted framework for the accommodation of white space devices. DSA representative, Keith Sinclair of Adaptrum, discussed developments relating to TVWS technology and what the future holds as Trinidad and Tobago look to begin TVWS projects.
Digital Bangladesh, 5-7 March, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This event focused on broadband, the digital economy, and safe internet. It was hosted by the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology and the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

2017 International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), 6-9 March, Baltimore, MD
The event looked at the push to “5G”, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), the growing popularity and utility of aerial drones, and numerous innovative radio-based services and the impact this is having as crowded airwaves become more congested. It is critical not only that more spectrum be made available but also that existing spectrum use become more efficient. Compounding both issues is the trend that governments around the world are concluding that spectrum “sharing” must become the norm. Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA), Cognitive Radio, and related technologies are crucial components to making more spectrum available and more efficiently utilizing this vital resource.
SATELLITE 2017, 6-9 March, Washington D.C.

The premier event in the Satellite calendar brought together 14,000 delegates and over 350 exhibitors to discuss the ongoing issues and developments within the satellite industry. The DSA was represented by Kalpak Gude, who moderated the panel session ‘The impact of spectrum frontiers on future connectivity’, which addressed how satellite spectrum is managed, including whether key decisions should be based on domestic considerations or a global standard. Kalpak also spoke on the ‘Visions of the future satellite industry: business beyond SATELLITE 2017’ panel, which addressed the future development of commercial space and consider the key takeaways from the event overall.
Regional Development Forum and Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2017 World Telecommunication Development Conference, 20-23 March, Bali, Indonesia

The Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for Asia and the Pacific (RPM-ASP) took place in Bali, Indonesia, at the Padma Resort Legian from 21 to 23 March 2017, and was preceded by the Regional Development Forum for Asia and the Pacific (RDF-ASP) on 20 March 2017. Both events were organized at the kind invitation of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. 

Commonwealth Cybersecurity Forum 2017, 22-24 March, London, UK

CTO’s Commonwealth Cybersecurity Forum brought together cybersecurity stakeholders from across the Commonwealth; from policy makers, regulators and implementing agencies to private sector and civil society. The Forum was the place to show case expertise, build capacity, present new technologies and develop relationships. Importantly it mapped out the future cooperation among Commonwealth countries in Cybersecurity.

IWCE (International Wireless Communications Expo), 27-31 March, Las Vegas, Nevada

IWCE was the place for people to make the human connections they need to be successful, whether connecting to a future client, boss, employee, or business partner. It is also where people discovered  information about technology, products or policy that is crucial to success . The DSA was represented by Preston Marshall of Alphabet, who discussed ‘Spectrum Access – Navigating the Regulations and Discovering New Opportunities’.

ITU-D Study Group 1 Meeting, 27-31 March, Geneva, Switzerland

Study Group 1 “Enabling environment for the development of telecommunications/ICTs" looked at; national telecommunication/ICT policy, regulatory, technical and strategy development which best enables countries to benefit from the impetus of telecommunications/ICTs, including broadband, cloud computing and consumer protection, as an engine for sustainable growth, economic policies and methods of determining costs of services related to national telecommunications/ICTs, access to telecommunications/ICTs for rural and remote areas, access to telecommunications/ICTs services by persons with disabilities and specific needs, the needs of developing countries in spectrum management, including the ongoing transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and the use of the digital dividend, in addition to any future digital switchover.

Digital Regulation Forum (IIR Telecoms), 28-29 March, London, UK

The Digital Regulation Forum debated ongoing developments within the digital industry and the forthcoming review of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications. It covered many areas of interest for policy makers, market players as well as investors and regulators: the new regulatory regime for telecoms, the role of national regulators, the need for internet speed and quality beyond 2020, the role of on-line platforms, the issue of market consolidation, net neutrality, and the launch of 5G. Kalpak Gude represent ed the DSA during the panel session "Digital Policies in Europe, US and China: should further coordination be sought?”

4th Meeting of the TDAG Correspondence Group on Streamlining Resolutions, 3 April, Geneva, Switzerland

This meeting reviewed existing World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) Resolutions and Recommendations and streamlin ed them to consider the Resolutions in Plenipotentiary Conference and other Sectors as appropriate. It gave due regard to the outcomes of the Regional Preparatory Meetings for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17), as far as the Resolutions and Recommendations are concerned and to report to the 2017 meeting of TDAG.

Upcoming Industry Events

ITU-D Study Group 2 Meeting, 3-7 April, Geneva, Switzerland

Study Group 2 "ICT applications, cybersecurity, emergency telecommunications and climate-change adaptation" will look at; services and applications supported by telecommunications/ICTs, building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, the use of telecommunications/ICTs in mitigating the impact of climate change on developing countries, and for natural disaster preparedness, mitigation and relief, as well as conformance and interoperability testing, human exposure to electromagnetic fields and safe disposal of electronic waste, the implementation of telecommunications/ICTs, taking into account the results of the studies carried out by ITU T and ITU R, and the priorities of developing countries.
Asia IoT Business Platform – Myanmar, 4-5 April, Naypyidaw, Myanmar

With a focus on local telecommunication companies, public sectors and end users across verticals, Asia IoT Business Platform is the most comprehensive event in Southeast Asia for solution providers targeting enterprise adoption of IoT and M2M technologies.

Wi-Fi Now USA, 18-20 April, Washington, D.C.

The event will bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and experts from across the global Wi-Fi industry. The most promising companies and inspiring case stories that are driving the Wi-Fi industry forward are show cased during the three-day networking and knowledge sharing event.

ITU Regional Development Forum and Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for Europe, 26-28 April, Vilnius, Lithuania

The Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for Europe (RPM-EUR) will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the Holiday Inn Vilnius Hotel from 27 to 28 April 2017, preceded by the Regional Development Forum for Europe (RDF-EUR) on 26 April 2017. Both events are being organized at the kind invitation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania. Regional Development Forums provide an opportunity for high-level dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication and ICT policy-makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on specific regional telecommunication and ICT issues.

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference, 3-4 May, Bangkok, Thailand

Organised with the ITU, the 3rd Annual Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference will provide a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region. This conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series, the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of regional Spectrum Management policy conference. The conference will be followed by an ITU regional workshop on Managing Spectrum in the Age of Wireless Communication. More information can be found here. 

East Africa Com, 17-18 May, Nairobi, Kenya

East Africa Com reflects the rapid convergence between the telecoms, media, broadcasting, and technology spaces. It’s a premium ICT show that connects and informs the entire East African digital ecosystem.

CommunicAsia, 23-25 May, Singapore, Malaysia

The premier sourcing and knowledge ICT platform in Asia, CommunicAsia2017, will bring together a comprehensive display of cutting-edge technologies. With the convergence of technologies and the disruption of traditional business models, ensure that your business stays updated and ready to tackle future consumer demands.

Commonwealth Broadband Africa Forum, 31 May – 2 June, Johannesburg, South Africa

The conference is dedicated to Effective Public Service Delivery through ICTs including; cost effective and secure Cloud services for governance, e-Governance at work Open data for transparent governance, e-Health, m-Governance: The future, security, and resilience in e-Governance, improving electoral participation through e-Voting

The 12th European Spectrum Management Conference, 21-22 June, Brussels, Belgium

Taking place as part of Forum Europe’s Global Spectrum Series, this year's 12th edition of the conference will once again bring together all the key stakeholders from policy, industry and more. Now is a pivotal time for spectrum policy in Europe and beyond.

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