DSA Newsletter | Q4 2018 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.
Welcome to the Q4 edition of the DSA newsletter, and the last one for 2018! It has been another busy quarter for the DSA, finishing what has been a successful year for us as an Alliance.
At the time of writing this, I’ve just returned from Accra, Ghana, and Abuja, Nigeria, where the DSA hosted two workshops on TVWS. We organised these workshops in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC) in Ghana and the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in Nigeria.
The workshops were a huge success and brought together policymakers, regulators, private sector leaders and leading academics to discuss the contribution that TVWS can make in advancing digital inclusion in both Ghana and Nigeria. This is something that the DSA has been working on for a while, as progress in these countries, and across many African nations, requires collaboration and partnership between all stakeholders. Discussing the policy and regulatory challenges that we will need to overcome to help connect those in Ghana and Nigeria who are still unable to access and enjoy the benefits of the internet, was both interesting and positive.
I’m also thrilled to share the DSA’s article piece on TVWS that was published in the Nov/Dec issue of Southern Wireless Communications. The DSA has long championed the benefits of TVWS and it is always great to spread the message that utilising white space and creating appropriate regulatory and licensing rules in place is essential for Africa’s future connectivity.
Overall, it has been an incredibly successful year for the Alliance. A particular highlight for me was the Sixth Annual Global Summit in London, back in May. I was very fortunate to meet with so many of you, the members, along with industry experts, regulators, government leaders and policy makers. An incredible 22 regulatory bodies from around the world were represented at the conference and they joined together for a regular workshop to discuss spectrum sharing. The Summit covered all aspects of spectrum policy, the challenges with the current spectrum approach, IoT, satellites and 5G. The DSA is looking forward to hosting the 2019 Global Summit in Washington D.C.

Finally, I want to announce that I will be stepping down as President of the DSA at the end of this month. I will be starting a new role in 2019 at Swarm Technologies, a satellite company that is committed to providing accessible, low-cost global connectivity.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years as President and I believe the work we have done as an Alliance in this time has really made a difference to the spectrum community and has confirmed the DSA’s place as a thought and industry leader. Collectively, we have expanded the focus of the DSA to be a key global organization that industry and regulatory leaders look to for information on dynamic sharing, including unlicensed/license exempt regulatory structures and opportunities. The DSA is now active on TVWS, CBRS, C-band, 6 GHz, and many portions of the millimetre wave bands. Also, regulators now recognize the DSA as the key representative organization for the tech community on spectrum policy. Thanks to the work of all of our membership, the DSA is now a recognized unique and important voice on global spectrum policy. I could not be prouder of that achievement.
I wish all of you, the members, and the DSA as a whole, all the best for the future. I’m very thankful for the wonderful support I received during my time as President, and I’m looking forward to seeing the great things the DSA does in 2019.

DSA Member Case Study

Adaptrum is a leader in TVWS wireless technology and joined the DSA in 2013 as a founding member. The company is a pioneer of the use of dynamic spectrum access technology to deliver affordable internet connectivity over non-line-of-sight fixed wireless links. With its solutions, Adaptrum is helping to close the digital divide everywhere in the world.
Adaptrum joined the DSA as it wanted to work together with the industry to align policy positions for regulars that achieve common goals and advance global broadband delivery. The DSA provided Adaptrum with the platform to contribute to work on dynamic spectrum, as well as TVWS.
Being a member of the DSA has provided Adaptrum with a marketing platform and global exposure to peers, potential partners and key customers in the industry.
You can read the Adaptrum case study in full here.
If you are interested in working with the DSA on your own member case study, please contact dsa@proactive-pr.com.

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:
September 2018: DSA Comments to FCC on Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz For Mobile Radio Services
September 2018: DSA Spectrum Pipeline Comments
September 2018: DSA Comments to FCC on 5GHz Petition
October 2018: DSA C Band NPRM Comments
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 dsa@proactive-pr.com.
Project Isizwe

Project Isizwe has partnered with Microsoft’s Airband Initiative to provide free WiFi services to the Lamontville Good News Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, which is managed by the Community Outreach Programme Trust. The purpose of the project was a partnership with COPT to test the sustainable revenue models for public access WiFi.

Thanks to the work of Project Isizwe and Airband, the community in KwaZulu-Natal now have access to a wide range of opportunities thanks to their internet connection, including free online education and simply being able to communicate across the area using phones.

Project Isizwe works with government and private companies to provide WiFi in low-income communities for education, economic development and social inclusion, enabling access to the internet as a catalyst for development. Visit http://projectisizwe.org/ to find out more.


Microsoft and Native Network have recently announced a new agreement to provide broadband internet access to approximately 73,500 unserved people in rural communities in Washington and Montana. The Partnership is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which aims to extend broadband access to 2 million people in unserved portions of rural America by July 4, 2022.

Through the partnership, Native Network will provide affordable, hybrid, fixed-wireless broadband internet access, including TV White Spaces, to tribes within Flathead Reservation in Montana as well as Lummi Nation and Swinomish Tribe in Washington.

“Broadband is the electricity of the 21st century and is critical for farmers, small-business owners, health-care practitioners, educators and students to thrive in today’s digital economy,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “The partnership with Native Network will help close the digital divide in rural Montana and Washington, bringing access to approximately 73,500 people within and around the tribal communities.”

“We are thrilled that Microsoft’s goals align with Native Network’s, which was formed in 2015 to work exclusively on telecom and technology projects in Indian country with a recent emphasis on distribution networks for internet access in unserved and underserved markets,” said Jenny Rickel, Native Network co-founder and chief operating officer.

This partnership between Microsoft and Native Network will complement efforts from Governor Inslee in Washington and Governor Bullock in Montana to expand broadband access in the states. Governors in both states have offered strong support for closing the rural broadband gap in the U.S.

PR/Media Update

In the News
Southern African Wireless Communications: Could TVWS technology help bridge the digital divide that is still impacting billions of people across the world?
Telecom Drive:

RADWIN, Federated Wireless and Saankhya Labs join Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Satellite Evolution: DSA sets out 5G action plan ahead of CommunicAsia
Advanced Television: DSA: TVWS bridging digital divide in Africa
IT Web: TV white spaces seen as answer to Africa’s connectivity woes

Recent Industry Events

The 5th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference, 5-6 September 2018, Buenos Aires, South America

Hosted by the Ministry of Modernization of Argentina and organised by Forum Global and ITU, the 5th Annual Latin America Spectrum Management Conference will provide a meeting point for spectrum stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues, including preparation for WRC-19 across the Americas, 3.4GHz – 4.2GHz C-Band and mmWave bands and the direction of the Latin Americas region.

ITU Telecom World 2018, 10-13 September, Durban, South Africa

ITU Telecom World 2018 is about making ideas go further, faster, to make the world better, sooner. It will be a global platform for major industry players, tech SMEs and entrepreneurs to share knowledge and best practice across emerging and developed markets. There will be targeted networking at all levels of the industry with high-level debates led by experts on the core issues affecting the ICT sector.

Mobile World Congress Americas, 12-14 September 2018, Los Angeles, California

Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 will bring together the brightest minds in the industry today, to imagine what tomorrow could bring. It is the premiere event where industry leaders come to progress business and where attendees will gain valuable insights on trends and future predictions for the mobile technology industry.

IBC 2018, 13-17 September, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The IBC Conference is an unrivalled global destination for discovering and debating the many different challenges and opportunities facing the electronic media and entertainment industry, both in its sessions and in the range of networking opportunities it affords. Join over 1,700 delegates and 400 speakers across 5 days of high-level discussion to shape the future of the industry.

Internet of Things World Asia, 18-20 September 2018, Singapore

This is Asia’s showcase of enterprise case studies, proof-of-concepts and R&D from the leaders and early adopters of IoT. As latest addition to KNect365’s world-leading IoT event series, this event gives unrivalled access to global and local enterprises – the people who can help you and your customers develop new services, business models and efficiencies.

5G Asia, 18-20 September 2018, Singapore

5G Asia 2018 returns for its 11th year, delivering ground-breaking content, trailblazing product demonstrations and unrivalled opportunities to meet with the LTE and 5G ecosystem in Asia. 5G Asia provides the perfect platform for you to understand how to capitalise on the opportunities that LTE networks and services continue to offer and lay out a clear vision of the 5G connected future.

IP Expo, 18-20 September 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

IP EXPO Nordic and Cyber Security Nordic, part of Europe’s number ONE enterprise IT conference series, is designed for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive business growth and competitiveness. Now in their 3rd year, the events showcase new exclusive content and senior-level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT. They cover everything you need to run a successful enterprise or organisation.  Arrive with challenges, leave with solutions.

Connected World Summit, 25-26 September 2018, London, UK

Connected World is a 2-day Festival of Connected Technology, uniting over 2,500 industry leaders, tech innovators, decision makers and investors. Now in its 4th year, it has grown exponentially in content, technologies and audience size; with our original Connected Home and Cities tracks now complemented with disruptive subjects such as Blockchain, 5G and AI. A move to a unique new venue in 2018 – Printworks, SE16 – will give Connected World the canvas to create a more innovative and superior event experience befitting of the tech industry.

Total Telecom Congress, 30-31 October 2018, London, UK

The Total Telecom Congress brings together leading executives from across the communication industry to explore how telcos must evolve to stay relevant in the digital economy. 200 speakers will explore the most important challenges the industry faces; from digital transformation strategies to bringing the customer to the centre of your business models; and delivering 5G networks to the role of AI in the new communications economy.

DC5G, 12-13 November 2018, Washington D.C

DC5G is the one event that represents the entire 5G-connected ecosystem. Enterprise markets, local municipalities, telcos, industry experts, satellite service providers, advocates, federal policy makers and innovative adopters will gather for the second year to learn about the potential of the next generation of connectivity. By bringing all markets to the table, the conversations are holistic and are focused on getting business done.

IoT Tech Expo North America, 28-29 November 2018 Silicon Valley

The World’s Largest IoT Event Series will bring together key industries from across the globe for 2 days of top level content and discussion. Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, this conference is not to be missed.

Capacity Asia, 5-6 December 2018, Hong Kong

The digital economy is driving a new age of bandwidth demand. Capacity Asia is the only regional annual meeting to bring together the carrier community with key business strategists from cloud and content service providers and data centres. The market is evolving, and so is Capacity Asia. Hong Kong, Asia Pacific’s booming telecoms hub, will unite 850+ regional wholesale, content and cloud experts looking to conduct bilateral meetings, renew trading agreements and build new business relationships.

Upcoming Industry Events

Telecoms World Asia 2019, 25-27 March 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

For 20 years, Telecoms World Asia has been an annual platform for leading international carriers, operators, authorities and suppliers to meet, learn and create fruitful business partnerships for the betterment of wholesale revenue and growth. For 2019, they’ve put together an agenda that addresses the key issues operators are facing today, classified under 5 key themes – Wholesale Carriers, Network Virtualisation, Telco4.0 and brand new for 2019, 5G and IoT – with the focus on Digital Transformation in Emerging Markets running throughout the sessions.

IoT Asia, 27-28 March 2019, Singapore

IoT Asia is an award-winning event that brings solutions providers, technology heads, design and solution architects, engineers, academic institutions, investors and start-ups together for an enriching learning and sharing experience. In 2018, IoT Asia gathered more than 5,000 attendees from 50 countries. Some of the key exhibitors and sponsors include Avnet, Advantech, Anewtech, Microsoft, Sigfox, Singtel, TATA Communications, Visa and more. IoT Asia 2018 also held 3 conference tracks with more than 90 international speakers and thought leaders.

IoT Tech Expo Global, 25-26 April 2019, London

The World’s Largest IoT Conference Series; the IoT Tech Expo Global event in London will bring together key industries from across the globe for 2 days of top level content and discussion. Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, this conference is not to be missed. Key topics examined include: smart building & facilities management, building the connected supply chain, intelligent city and transport management, smart grid data management and analytics, asset monitoring and management, delivering smart connected new products, and more.

The Big 5G Event, 6-8 May 2019, Denver

The Big 5G Event's 5-track conference covers the industry's most pressing topics, pieces together the 5G puzzle and highlights other key areas of network innovation. Topics covered include: SDN, NFV, "anyhaul" transport, edge computing, AI/analytics, IoT and C-V2X platforms, 5G RAN, 5G core and devices, process automation, network security, SD-WAN and much more. The 1,500+ telecom professionals who will be attending across the two days will enjoy access to multiple keynote sessions delivered by renowned service and solution provider representatives, as well as thought leadership from Heavy Reading’s leading analysts who will guide proceedings across the content rich two days.

IoT Tech Expo Europe, 19-20 June 2019, London

Europe’s leading IoT Conference Series; the IoT Tech Expo Europe will return to the RAI Amsterdam on the 19-20 June 2019 to bring together key industries for 2 days of top level content and discussion. Exploring the latest innovations within the Internet of Things and covering the impact it has on many industries including Manufacturing, Transport, Supply Chain, Insurance, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, this conference is not to be missed.

Get in touch

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