DSA Newsletter | Q2 2015 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.
It has been a very busy few months since the Global Summit in Manila, which took place in May. As your Exec Director, quite soon after Manila, I worked for 10 days outreaching to Asia where I visited the Indonesia Ministry and regulator, as well as Japan and Singapore where I interacted with regulators, ministries, spoke to new potential members and journalists. I must extend a special thank you to NICT and University of Kyoto Professor, and Alliance Board member, Hiroshi Harada, who organized the Japanese leg of my Asian trip.

After Asia, I have since represented the Alliance (as an ITU-D sector member) at the ITU Annual Regulator’s forum in Gabon where I had the opportunity to interact with several African and Asian regulators, and then on to Nigeria where I spoke to both regulators (NCC and NBC), keynoted at the Commonwealth Broadband Summit in Abuja and met up with all our members in Nigeria (Microsoft, WaveTek).
So, it has been a rather hectic period since the Global Summit – and it is not getting any quieter as the Alliance rightly is increasingly its perception as a true global advocacy organization. With plans for our next Global Summit in 2016, due to take place in Bogota, Colombia, this “global-ness” truly raises some real scaling challenges for us as a small organization.
Looking ahead, I am currently arranging to meet several key staff and/or commissioners at the FCC next month: it is quite a timely visit too given several Alliance-related issues ongoing in the United States including: the Incentive auction process, 3.5GHz & dynamic spectrum access, Amendment of Part 15 of the Commission’s Rules for Unlicensed Access in TV bands, 600 MHz Guard Bands, Duplex Gap and Channel 37, etc. I also plan to provide an update on TVWS: an update on what is happening worldwide; evolution of rules across the globe including the Alliance’s Model Rules. I am also already ensuring that some of our members who can support me, join me in the preparations for these set of meetings.
Thank you to all our members for your ongoing support, however I cannot over-emphasize how important it is that we continue to increase our membership. We genuinely do have a unique position in the spectrum advocacy landscape and our goals are noble and clear - closing the digital divide; enabling the Internet of Things; and alleviating the “spectrum crunch”. Our profile is high and increasing – and we advocate pretty forcefully and defend passionately.

Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director

Welcome to our latest members!

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members:

  • Ruckus Wireless
  • New America Foundation
  • Endaga, Inc.
  • Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI)

We would also like to welcome AirTies and Ruckus Wireless to the Board of Directors.

Report ITU-R M.2330 - Cognitive radio systems in the land mobile service (acknowledges TVWS)
Prior to the Global Summit, the ITU-R quietly published this key seminal report – ITU-R M.2330 which covers TV White Spaces (TVWS) and was formerly known as CRS 2. The impact here is that this is arguably the first ITU-R report the industry can all point to that not only acknowledges dynamic spectrum access and TVWS in particular, but arguably starts signaling some of the emerging “state of the art best practices” that have been developed in ITU-R Study Groups and as previously referred to by François Rancy, Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau. This is the first ITU report that starts describing incumbent service protection mechanisms, so identifying existing deployment and their associated “cognitive mitigation techniques”.
One of the most important aspects is the inclusion of the ETSI TVWS standard in the report, signaling ITU acknowledgement that is often a requirement when developing/emerging market countries and/or regulators request for acknowledgement and best practice from the ITU on the subject of TVWS.

TVWS Commercial Deployments, Pilots, and Trials
Seattle pilot uses TVWS to deliver faster Wi-Fi
Seattle Center, a 74 acre urban campus, is using TVWS as part of a pilot project to see how the technology could be rolled out to city neighborhoods. The new Wi-Fi network, which is being developed in partnership with Alliance member, Microsoft, will be able to serve 25,000 people simultaneously. The new system enables users to browse at speeds more than 5,000 times faster than its previous network, enabling visitors to make Skype calls, back up photos and connect with events and vendors at Seattle Center.
Microsoft brought in a digital fiber line capable of transmitting multiple gigabits per second and is used for backhaul. Users can download a Microsoft Wi-Fi app that allows regular visitors to automatically connect to the platform at the highest possible speed. The TVWS technology developed by Microsoft Research takes advantage of unused television channels and TVWS proponents say the range is superior to Wi-Fi, especially in hilly terrain where ordinary Wi-Fi covers just a few thousand feet. "Super Wi-Fi" can cover an area up to five times larger. It is also well suited for rural areas because it can travel through trees and foliage.
Jamaica Connected Nation Project
Microsoft, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Jamaica Universal Services Fund, the Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance (GBI), Lime, and Adaptrum are bringing the benefits of broadband (high-speed Internet and data transmission) to rural communities by leveraging TV White Space (TVWS) technology.
By September 2015 more than 30 schools, libraries, and other community locations around the island will receive Internet access via TVWS connections, and the pilot is working to leverage other education and community-focused technology projects.
This TVWS initiative is quite significant because of the involvement of Lime who operates as the native incumbent telecommunications service providers in many of the islands where they reside, including AnguillaAntigua & BarbudaBarbadosBritish Virgin Islands,Cayman IslandsDominicaGrenadaJamaicaMontserratSt. Kitts & NevisSt. LuciaSt. Vincent & the Grenadines and Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean. This could be a model elsewhere in other emerging markets.
A printable copy of the entire list of Commercial Deployments, Pilots, and Trials is available on our website here. Please feel free to share this information with your fellow contacts, associates, and business partners. We will continue to update this list with new locations, and ask our members to submit any new projects to admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.com.

Regulatory Affairs Work Group update
The Regulatory Affairs Work Group, which was formed in November 2013, continues to develop policy positions for ratification by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. The group drafts documents for submission to regulatory agencies while developing higher-level positions on critical issues related to dynamic spectrum sharing.
Under the leadership of Aparna Sridhar of Google, the Regulatory Affairs Work Group, the following have been concluded:
  • The Alliance position on LTE-U and Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) was concluded after numerous iterations amongst members. It can be found here http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/regulations/
  • The Alliance used the above position paper to provide comments to an FCC (USA) Inquiry into coexistence between LTE-U, LAA and other unlicensed technologies
  • The FAQ for the Alliance’s Model Rules for TVWS has been updated and can be found here
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.
Recent regulatory submissions

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. Since the last newsletter, the Alliance has filed the following submissions:

June 2015:

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance LTE-U/LAA Policy Position Paper

June 2015:

DSA Comments to FCC on Current Trends in LTE-U and LAA Technology

April 2015:

DSA Response to National Association of Broadcasters Petition

April 2015:

DSA Letter to FCC on Commerce of Operations in the 600 MHz Band

April 2015:

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Response to Ofcom Consultation on manually configurable white space devices

April 2015: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Response to the European Commission Consultation on the Lamy Report

Recent Industry Events
EXPO COMM WIRELESS JAPAN, May 27-29, Tokyo, Japan
EXPO COMM is where global technology providers meet to present business strategies and technology solutions to decision makers from large and small purchasing entities including national governments, businesses and enterprise groups, academia, research institutions, as well as a wide array of companies and organizations seeking cutting edge ICT innovation. H Nwana joined the agenda to deliver a keynote session on dynamic spectrum access and economic regulation.

CommunicAsia, June 2-5, Singapore
At this year’s CommunicAsia, H Nwana joined the conference program to examine the prospects of spectrum trading and sharing, looked at how to hasten the pace of allocations in Asia and highlighted dynamic spectrum access and TVWS and its successful use in the region.

Global Symposium for Regulators 2015, GSR15 (ITU), June 9-11, Libreville, Gabon
The Alliance was invited as an ITU-D Sector member to attend this meeting. Here H Nwana interacted with several regional regulators including Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Chad, Gambia and Gabon.

Commonwealth Broadband Forum, June 16-18, Abuja, Nigeria
This event discussed policy approaches and regulatory interventions needed to promote broadband, showcase cost-effective and efficient technologies, and examine successful business models while facilitating partnerships. H Nwana spoke as part of a panel which addressed innovative use of spectrum and opportunities to facilitate LTE spectrum.

Cambridge Wireless: Future of Wireless International Conference, June 23, London UK
As a speaker at this conference, H Nwana addressed the audience, specifically focusing on the subject of reinventing spectrum allocation, and why 5G is increasingly irrelevant to closingthe digital divide and connecting the next 4 Billion broadband-unconnected. He argued the case for making dynamic spectrum access, TVWS and Wi-Fi to be a key part of the solution. This raised significant interest and at least one new member may accrue from this meeting, as well as a firmer understanding on the need of dynamic spectrum access regulations from Ofcom who was in the audience.

5th TMT Finance & Investment Africa, June 23, London UK
H Nwana joined this conference which brought together the most important leadership from telecoms, finance, government and advisory active across Africa to assess the latest opportunities for investment and partnership.

Upcoming Industry Events

The 2015 Middle East & North Africa Spectrum Management conference, August 28, Rabat, Morocco

Spectrum Futures, September 10-11, Singapore, Asia

Nearly everyone agrees that spectrum-based networks are how most people across South Asia and Southeast Asia will gain access to the Internet. But there are many unknowns. Which platforms—using which type of spectrum—will gain market share? What business models will arise? How fast can national regulators allocate new spectrum? In addition to mobile, new MEO and LEO satellite constellations, TV white spaces, Wi-Fi and other potential platforms (drones, balloons) are coming.

Attendees at Spectrum Futures 2015—regulators, ISPs and platform suppliers—will make sense of the dizzying array of technologies, policies and revenue models contending to bring Internet access to South Asia and Southeast Asia within a decade at prices everyone can afford, yet with financial returns sufficient enough to allow ISPs to sustain their efforts over time.

The event is sponsored by the Pacific Telecommunications Council, a non-profit membership organization supporting the commercial use of communication technology in the Pacific region for more than 35 years. There will be a regulators only symposium for half a day. H Nwana will keynote at the premier annual spectrum event in Asia.

NigeriaCom, September 22-23, Vitoria Island, Nigeria

The IIC International Regulators’ Forum, October 5-8, Washington DC, USA

ITU Telecom World, October 12-15, Budapest, Hungry

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