DSA Newsletter | Q2 2014 www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org events, future plans, news and more
In this issue.....
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.
In less than 12 months, we’ve worked to expand opportunities for dynamic spectrum access technologies and techniques, helping policy makers and regulators to realise other options to close the digital divide, innovate by enabling machine to machine type communications, and more generally, optimising spectrum efficiency via spectrum sharing.
The key highlight from the last quarter was the second annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit, held in Accra, Ghana, which demonstrated that the omens are good for dynamic access, broadband accessibility and affordability. Co-hosted by the National Communications Authority of Ghana, the Summit attracted extensive support from both the industry and the region, including forward-thinking regulators, leading academics, cutting-edge technologists and pioneering business figures.
The Ghana Summit truly impressed me with the progress of wireless standards and manufacturing. For example, Mediatek, the Taiwanese semiconductor Tier 1 giant and founding member of the Alliance, announced at the Summit that they plan to release a tri-band chipset in partnership with another member, Aviacomm, that will support traditional WiFi in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz range as well as TV White Spaces band using the 802.11af standard. Other members, including Adaptrum and 6Harmonics are also working on second generation TV White Space radio equipment. The Ghana Summit also demonstrated that dynamic spectrum and shared spectrum is not only about TV White Spaces. Presenters talked about dynamic spectrum approaches to GSM spectrum, otherwise known as GSM White Spaces. The fundamental message from the Summit and industry is that the urgency and bandwagon around connecting the next 5 billion broadband-unconnected is gathering momentum. Please view our video of the Summit, which provides highlights from the conference. Presentations and photos from the event can also be found on our website.
During and since the Summit, several countries including the USA have announced dates when they will be allowing spectrum sharing in key bands. Singapore has just announced that 180 MHz of prime TV Spectrum is to be made available for use via the Implementation of TV White Space Regulatory Framework. Malawi, South Africa, Finland and Canada are not far behind. Last month, Ofcom in the UK confirmed its intention and plans to release more of the 5 GHz band for licence exempt use, find narrowband sub1 GHz spectrum for the internet of things (IoT) sharing, and find other bands for TV White Spaces style geo-location database access like Singapore has just done.
This newsletter shines a spotlight on Asia, and we hope you find it insightful, interesting and demonstrates amply that the omens are good for dynamic spectrum access as I maintained I my recent EE Times blog.
Thank you for your continued support!
Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director

New Members
We’d like to welcome Murata as our latest member to join the Alliance! Murata is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of electronic components and solutions and joins us as we work to promote regulatory policies which will pave the way for innovative new wireless technologies, addressing growing wireless data challenges and bridging the digital divide.
Based in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan, Murata has over 70 years’ experience in delivering electronic solutions, from core electronics for mobile phones, audiovisual, home appliances and computers, to new applications in automotive, healthcare, energy and environment. We look forward to working closely with Murata and welcome the company’s expertise and innovation in TV White Space as we look to solve the spectrum crunch.

Spotlight on.....Asia
Taiwan Dynamic Spectrum Access Pilot Group
Last month witnessed the formation of the Taiwan Dynamic Spectrum Access Pilot Group, which aims to contribute to the creation and development of a world-leading dynamic spectrum access ecosystem in Taiwan. Established by Alliance members the Institute for Information Industry (III), Aviacomm, MediaTek Inc. Microsoft and Communication Research Center of National Taiwan University along with Power Automation Pte Ltd, the group aims to conduct forward-looking field experiments and verification, to develop local competence and international cooperation, in order to commercialize DSA technology. This will leverage Taiwan’s tremendous capabilities in semiconductor design and fabrication, component and devices manufacturing, and systems integration and solutions.
After strategically formulating a plan to implement their objectives over six months, the Pilot group plans to invite the participation of additional domestic and international partners in order to enhance the innovative power of Taiwan’s communications industry. At a recent follow up meeting, the Pilot group outlined how they plan to achieve their objectives through strategic technology roadmap planning, field system integration, participation in international standards development and close monitoring of international market trends.
Professor H Nwana, who witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Taipei believes that the work of the Taiwan Dynamic Spectrum Access Pilot Group is a very significant development for the Alliance.
Singapore leads TV White Space and dynamic access
This month the Alliance welcomed Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announcement regarding its regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands. Singapore is one of the first few countries in the world to implement such a framework for White Space and is driving dynamic access forward as it strives to become one of the Smartest cities in the world.
Angelo Cuffaro, Senior Director of Innovation Labs at InterDigtal says: “The Regulatory Affairs Work Group of the DSA is extremely happy and encouraged by this monumental and critical event in Singapore. We applaud the IDA’s forward thinking on developing spectrum sharing regulations for the broadcast TV frequency bands. Spectrum sharing is an attractive supplement to spectrum clearing for several reasons. First, sharing allows efficient use of spectrum, sharing does not displace existing users, and finally it allows new devices and services to take advantage of spectrum that would otherwise be unused.”
Long-term planning and strategic partnerships, and government investments have really placed Singapore where it is today. Looking to the future, Singapore’s TV White Space regulatory framework will efficiently allocate and use available bandwidth to support the growing demand for data communication, while ensuring the country remains a global leader in technology adoption. Singapore’s leadership is encouraging on a regional and global scale, highlighting to other countries the need to address similar spectrum sharing regulatory frameworks and the benefits that can be achieved.
Radio spectrum in China
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has already made significant advancements regarding management of its spectrum resources as it continues to go through a public consultation period on revising its management of the radio spectrum. Recently, the Alliance filed a submission to the Chinese State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC), which encourages the structured and consistent adoption of spectrum management. The Alliance aims to open up underused spectrum and therefore commends the SRRC in its efforts to enhance radio frequencies.
Shih Mo, President and CEO of Aviacomm, Inc, expressed his thoughts on China’s need for sufficient capacity: “China’s high growth path from traditional, to e-business, requires increasingly greater data networking capacity. Wireless data communication is of greatest importance since mobile subscribers have surpassed fixed-line subscribers worldwide. The enormous demand for wireless capacity has led to the need to use spectrum resources more efficiently. Dynamic spectrum sharing technology offers the potential for achieving 100x greater utilization of existing allocated spectrum. This breakthrough in wireless capacity provides tremendous commercial opportunities. As a board member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Aviacomm is excited to be helping promote this important new technology in China.”
By moving towards dynamic allocation the SRRC can make more resources available and maximize spectrum efficiency, at a time when Asia is exploring innovative technologies requiring spectrum.
Enhancing Connectivity with TV White Spaces in the Philippines
In early June, H Nwana spoke via Skype at the policy forum on ‘Enhancing Connectivity for Economic Development: Opportunities from TV White Spaces’ organized by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy-National University of Singapore and the Asian Institute of Management at Makati City in the Philippines. Philippine policymakers, industry representatives, online communities, civil society stakeholders and the media gathered at the forum to discuss the opportunities for using TV White Space technologies to enhance connectivity and economic development particularly in the provinces. H Nwana shared his views on how the Filipino network infrastructure could be improved by utilizing more flexible, license-exempt access to the radio spectrum through the deployment of TV white space devices. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance looks forward to building a strong relationship with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy-National University of Singapore and the Asian Institute of Management as we focus on encouraging the enhancement of communication networks in the Asian region.
TV White Space + LTE provide the best of both worlds
NICT, a Dynamic Spectrum Alliance member based in Japan, has developed several world standard based TV White Space devices, along with other technologies (e.g. IEEE802.22, IEEE802.11af, and LTE release 8 (eNB,smartphone) and White Space database compliant with FCC, Ofcom, and the Japanese TV band contour calculation algorithm. It has also done world-first field trials using these international multi-band standard devices. Prof. Hiroshi Harada, Executive Research Director of NICT, commented: "Some world standards have already been issued and some feasibility trials based on the standards have also completed. Now it is a time to think about actual business ecosystems by collaborating global representative partners."
Dr. Hiroshi Harada also said: “We believe our development of this Smartphone will contribute to the global development of LTE systems that utilize TV whitespace.”
Automotive TV White Space Innovation
Last year, the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress saw new Alliance member, Toyota ITC, demonstrate the benefits of TV White Space at the event’s Tokyo Big Sight. In case of a major disaster where the telecom infrastructure fails, Toyota ITC highlighted that TV White Space can be used to connect WiFi devices to working infrastructures so that short messages can be uploaded to the internet.
This year, Toyota ITC has successfully implemented an ad-hoc vehicle-to-vehicle network in TV White Space with moving cars using geo-location models. Toyota ICT’s work is made possible by an extensive collaboration with the Ministry of Communications of Japan, NICT and local agencies in Kyushu, which provided permission to use TV White Space in some parts of Kyushu Island.
TV White Space in Disaster Response
When Typhoon Haiyan devastated central parts of the Philippines in November 2013, disaster relief respondents needed an on-the-ground communications network to provide support to victims of the disaster. The Department of Science & Technology’s (DOST) ICT Office sent in a TV White Spaces based network comprised of a VSAT, three TV White Space radios and two Wifi routers which was up and running in a matter of hours. In establishing the TV White Space network, the ICT Office relied on a number of parties to play supporting roles, including Filipino-Singaporean firm Nityo Infotech, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), international development agency NetHope and of course DSA founding member, Microsoft.
Jeffrey Yan, Director, Technology Policy Group at Microsoft Corporation says: “In the case of Typhoon Haiyan, TV White Space technology provides a supporting lifeline to devastated communities and those trying to aid relief through communications. The sheer speed that a TV White Space network can be deployed in crisis relief demonstrates the huge potential that the technology has in connecting the most remote, restricted communities to the rest of the world.”

Elsewhere in the world…..
Africa’s digital migration
In May, H Nwana spoke at the 3rd ATU Digital Migration & Spectrum Policy Summit in Kenya, about Africa’s digital migration and spectrum policy and its media future. H Nwana highlighted that digital migration is about creating a new media sector in Africa, and jobs. The analogue to digital switchover of TV should not just be an exercise in technocracy – it should and must be exploited as an opportunity to light the burners of the new multi-channel, multi-media, more interactive and more social media sector. The region is truly unique and its spectrum policy needs serious rethinking – accessibility and affordability must be front-of-mind.
With delegates and representatives from across the region, including the African Union Commission, Africa Union of Broadcasting and the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute, the Summit provided a set of recommendations. In order to maximize benefits from the spectrum resource, the Summit recommendedthat African countries apply prudent economic management principles in spectrum utilization in order to contribute to wealth creation including jobs and social-economic development, and that all decisions should be based on results of studies.
Following the Alliance’s strong involvement in the issue and the prosperous discussions held at the ATU Digital Migration & Spectrum Policy Summit, the DSA has been invited to participate in the ATU’s 2nd African Spectrum Working Group meeting (AfriSWoG-2) in Nairobi, Kenya from August 26- 29. H Nwana hopes to continue to develop the Alliance’s participation in digital migration in the region at the event and engage with regulators in encouraging spectrum policies to be more accessible in Africa.
Malawi: finding the path to affordable broadband connectivity
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has collaborated with the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi on a strategic TV White Spaces Project. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Marconi Wireless Lab (T/ICT4D) at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. The project is aimed at providing broadband connectivity to rural Malawi at an affordable cost using the identified TV White Spaces in the UHF band. As the cost of internet connectivity is more expensive in Malawi than anywhere in the region with a staggeringly low statistic of 5.7% internet penetration , the project has been implemented in order to allow Malawians to become connected to the rest of the world without the hugely expensive fee. With the government’s support, the project will explore technological advancements in Dynamic Spectrum Access and promote research and development in the field of ICT.
With the help of DSA founding organization Microsoft, MACRA is conducting local training sessions to be conversant with the new systems. MACRA’s Director of Telecommunication, Lloyd Momba, described what the project means for the country’s connectivity: “As regulators, our mission is to see that all Malawians have access to affordable ICT services, hence the need to fully embrace all communications technologies that have the potential of closing the digital divide in the country. Any growth in the ICT sector has a tremendous impact on Gross Domestic Product growth. This will result in job creation, quality public services and business opportunities. It is upon everyone involved, including communities, institutions and financers to visualize the opportunities that lie in the project and work towards achieving them. There will be challenges during implementation, so I call for total commitment and close cooperation between industry leaders and MACRA,” he said.
Malawi is the third country to roll out a TV Whitespaces pilot project in Africa after Kenya and South Africa. The launch of the first phase of the project has seen the deployment of the network at Malawi Defence Force Airwing, St Mary’s Girls Secondary School in Zomba, Pirimiti Health Centre and Seismology unit where earthquake monitoring is done. The pilot trial project ended on 30 June 2014.
Even more importantly, MACRA has since drafted Television White Spaces Regulations which are currently being consulted upon with stakeholders in Malawi. Subject to a successful consultation, Malawi may become the first country on the African continent to enable TV Whitespaces-based broadband by the end of 2014 or early 2015. More information on Malawi’s TV Whitespaces work can be obtained from Jonathan Pinifolo at JPinifolo@macra.org.mw
CSIR predicts White Space channels for Cape Town and Limpopo
The CSIR Meraka Institute is actively carrying out research and development in the areas of geo-location spectrum databases and white space devices. The CSIR Meraka national geo-location spectrum database (N-GLSD), is a software tool designed for future wireless research, dynamic spectrum management and enabling of innovative broadband wireless networks based on white space technologies. The CSIR’s N-GLSD is hosted at the Centre for high performance computing (CHPC), and has been used in the prediction of available White Space channels for the Cape Town and Limpopo TV White Space network trials.

Recent regulatory submissions
As a cross-industry organization, the 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. Since the last newsletter, the Alliance has filed four submissions: May: Filing to FCC to support unlicensed access in the 600 MHz band
June: Filing to the Government of China with comments on the Radio Regulations of the People’s Republic of China
June: Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Consultation on Proposed Allocation of Spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (“IMT”) and IMT-Advanced Services and Option to Enhance Mobile Competition
June: Submission to the Australian Department of Communications’ Spectrum Review

In the News Recent Industry Events
This quarter’s media highlights include: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Asian Institute of Management, 9 June
H Nwana joined the policy forum on "Enhancing Connectivity for Economic Development in the Philippines: Opportunities from TV White Spaces", which was organized by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy-National University of Singapore and the Asian Institute of Management.

The 6th Future of Wireless International Conference,30 June-1 July, Cambridge, Europe
The Future of Wireless International Conference examined the business opportunities and the wider social benefits possible though the application of wireless technologies to positively change the world. At the recent conference, H Nwana joined the debate, which focused on the emerging economies and the fact that they need technology transfer, not just first world products.

LS Telcom Summit, 2 July, Germany, Europe
Every year the LS Summit unites a growing number of industry experts from radio regulatory and media authorities, network operators, government ministries, international institutions, system integrators and private companies to present and debate hot topics in spectrum management, radio regulations and monitoring as well as wireless communications. This year H Nwana gave a talk which strongly argued the case that dynamic spectrum access' time has come. H Nwana drew from real world business experience as well as from his regulatory experience with one of the most esteemed converged communication regulators in the world.
13 May, Ghana News Agency:
Ghana hosts Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Summit
13 May, All Africa:
Ghana: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Holds Two Day Summit
16 May, Cloud Computing Journal:
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Supports FCC Action to Free Additional Airwaves for Wireless Broadband
28 May, Many Possibilities:
Dynamic Spectrum in Africa in 2014 – the calm before the storm
5 June, Telecom TV:
Dynamic spectrum access gains momentum at ITU’s annual regulation summit
6 June, Balancing Act:
TV White Spaces comes under fire as number of African pilots grows
6 June, Tech Central:
Battle lines drawn over white spaces
13 June, Policy Tracker:
DSA sees unlicensed potential in US at 600 MHz
18 June, In Broadcast:
Singapore drives TV White space regulation
20 June, This Is Africa: Africa’s White Spaces Revolution: Broadband’s Final Frontier
Upcoming Industry Events
Super Wifi Summit: The Global Spectrum Sharing and TV White Space Event, 12-14 August, Las Vegas, USA
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is an Associate Partner of this event, which promised to give attendees an understanding White Space spectrum and its true potential, as well as the business and technical issues involved.

ITU Regional Radiocommunication Seminar 2014 for Americas (RRS-14-Americas), 14-18 July, Island of Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance was invited to speak at this Seminar which forms the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau’s yearly cycle of Regional Radiocommunication Seminars, which are held in different regions and which will deal with the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the satellite orbits, and, in particular, with the application of the provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations. Jim Beveridge from Microsoft will represent the Alliance, which is incredibly pleased to be engaged by the ITU.

ATU’s 2nd African Spectrum Working Group meeting, 26-29 August, Kenya
The 2nd meeting of African Spectrum Working Group (AfriSWoG-2) will build on the success of the AfriSWoG-1 and consider a number of pertinent issues, including digital dividend channelling and Out of Band.

Nigeria Com 16- 17 September, Victoria Island, Nigeria
This year’s event features many new elements which support the key developments in the industry.  A high level two day conference pays significant attention to the National Broadband Plan roll out, new business strategies for operators amid the digital migration, chief regulatory debates and showcasing LTE/4G technologies. The Alliance is partnering and speaking at this year’s event.

Radio Spectrum Technology & Management Conference @ Wireless China Industry Summit 17- 18 September, Beijing, China
For the past 15 years Wireless China Industry Summit has been an authoritative event providing critical knowledge and insight sought by leading wireless executives and engineering professionals from across the country. Highlighted topics for 2014 include Wi-Fi World, Wireless Technologies for Aviation Communication, Radio Spectrum Technology & Management, Broadband Trunked Radio for PPDR and Commercial Applications, 4G LTE, Wireless LAN and more. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance will be attending and speaking at the event, so if you would like to join them in attending the Wireless China Industry Summit please contact Maggie Li on maggie.li@infoexws.com

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