DSA Newsletter | Q3 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’s been another busy quarter as I, your Executive Director, have visited every region speaking at many key industry events to deliver our goals to firstly, close the digital divide, secondly, enable the Internet of Things and finally to alleviate the “spectrum crunch.” As the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance matures, I am becoming increasingly aware that our advocacy must be focused going forth into a promisingly busy 2016.
Most recently I was in India supporting the WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) Global Summit where I shared a platform with Dr Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU, who made a very good speech supporting DSA and spectrum sharing/TVWS work. We were the key policy/regulatory player at the conference and I met with some very interesting players in India.
The wheels are also now in motion for our 2016 Global Summit which, I am pleased to announce, will take place in Bogota, Colombia on April 26th to 28th, 2016. Next year’s Summit is set to be the best one yet, with the Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Colombian national spectrum regulator, offering to co-host the event. We chose Latin America as the location of next year’s Global Summit, as the deployment of dynamic spectrum access regulations (and therefore technologies) remains low in the region. With the support of ANE, we hope to encourage and educate regulators and government officials from Latin America and around the world on how they can innovatively increase spectrum supply and availability.
I keynoted at the Latin America Spectrum Management Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in October where I made some very pleasing groundwork for the Summit. In particular, I met with the new Secretary General of CITEL, Oscar Giovanni Leon (ex ANE Colombia Director General), and we hope to welcome CITEL to the Summit in 2016.
Next year’s Summit will include in depth seminars and workshops focusing on steps for regulators transitioning to rule making for spectrum sharing in Latin America, LTE-U vs. Wi-Fi, project financing and network harmonization to accommodate future communication technology such as 5G, and the spectrum requirements for the IoT. On behalf of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, I would like to thank ANE for co-hosting the event and I look forward to the preparations to come.
I am also happy to reveal that the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance has entered into a partnership agreement with the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) to promote and support the development of unlicensed wireless technologies as complementary aspects to the 3GPP ecosystem, especially in emerging markets. In October I attended and contributed to the Wireless Broadband Alliance Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose. Here we announced the DSA and WBA partnership agreement and the event was very successful. WBA and DSA are truly very complementary and we have provisionally discussed and agreed working on joint whitepapers, e.g. on “unlicensed spectrum overview” and developing a report on “Wi-Fi/Unlicensed LTE Coexistence”.
In August, I visited the Washington DC area to meet with local members, prospect members, and several US government agencies including the FCC, USAID, and OPIC. At the FCC, I met with every Commissioner’s office and wireless advisor, as well as Chairman Wheeler’s office to discuss current trends in dynamic spectrum access and the overall mission of the Alliance. I’m currently planning on returning in early 2016 to carry on my discussions with the FCC and USAID.
Last but not least my trip to ITU Telecom World in Budapest is worth mentioning. A great write-up of my speaking session can be read in the article, reaching the last mile: innovative solutions to remaining connectivity issues.
The DSA Causeway site will be launched in the coming weeks. I encourage members to look through the site and upload any materials they believe will be beneficial for the Alliance and its members. The DSA admin team will be available if members have any questions about the site. A larger launch of the site to the general public will be planned for shortly after the site goes live to members.
Penultimately, the last quarter saw the first significant investment in a dynamic access project, and in Africa too, The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) signed an agreement to provide Mawingu Networks with $4M debt. I am glad to announce that Mawingu will be joining the DSA in the new year and has been backed to date by the likes of Microsoft, USAID and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. Microsoft has also announced in November 2015 the launch of a fund to improve access to affordable internet in underserved markets. I believe these are two pivotal announcements of note to promote and further dynamic spectrum sharing.
Finally, I would like to thank the membership for your ongoing support. We have a unique position in the spectrum advocacy landscape and our goals are so noble and clear. Our profile is high and the work is increasing. We advocate pretty forcefully and defend passionately. For this I thank you and hope you can help support us to bring in new members who share this passion.

Thank you – and on behalf of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance I would like to wish you all a very happy Holiday and a joyful New Year.

Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director

DSA Global Summit 2016
The 2016 Global Summit will be co-hosted by Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Colombian national spectrum regulator, in Bogota, Colombia on April 26-28, 2016, with an evening reception being held on April 26. Continuing on from previous successes in Asia (Manila, Philippines and Bangkok, Thailand) and Africa (Accra, Ghana), the Summit will head to Latin America where regulators, industry representatives, and academics from around the world will discuss how new dynamic spectrum sharing technologies and regulatory models are being used to increase digital inclusion and address the massive growth of wireless data.
A press release was issued in September announcing the Global Summit dates. An English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese version of the release can be found on the DSA news page. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Global Summit 2016, then please email admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org for more information.

DSA Board Election Results
In October, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance held annual elections for its Board of Directors which is now comprised of the below companies and Directors. These members provide integral leadership and direction to drive the efforts of the Alliance. Companies interested in joining the ranks of the Board or at another membership level should visit our website for instructions on how to join.
Member Name Director
Charter Level Member
Adaptrum, Inc. Haiyun Tang
AirTies Wireless Networks Bulent Celebi
Aviacomm, Inc. Shih Mo
British Sky Broadcasting Limited Nick Gregory
Facebook Chris Weasler
Google Inc. Aparna Sridhar
Mediatek Inc. Lon Wu
Microsoft Corporation Paul Garnett
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Hiroshi Harada
Promoter Level Member
Aruba (Europe) Limited Dorothy Stanley
Broadcom Corporation Vijay Nagarajan
Ruckus Wireless, Inc. Steve Hratko
Selcom Broadband Limited / UhuruOne Rajabu Thabit Katunda
Advisor Level Member (non-voting)
6Harmonics Inc. Robert Wu

Regulatory Affairs Work Group Update
The Regulatory Affairs Work Group continues to develop policy positions for ratification by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. The group drafts documents for submission to regulatory agencies and develops high-level positions on critical issues related to dynamic spectrum sharing.
Recent updates include:
  • The DSA responded to two recent Ofcom consultations in the past month: 1) Ofcom’s consultation on Spectrum Sharing Framework, and 2) Ofcom’s consultation on More Radio Spectrum for the IoT. Ofcom is expected to publish their regulations in the next few months.

  • The Alliance submitted a response in support of Deere and Company’s request for a waiver of the U.S TV white spaces rules to accommodate innovative agricultural uses.

  • The Alliance submitted comments to the U.S FCC that address effective sharing between wireless devices and incumbents in the 3550-3700 MHz band.

  • Members of the group participated in the third meeting of the African Spectrum Working Group (AfriSWoG) and encouraged AfriSWoG to adopt a study paper considering the use of television white spaces. A regulator from the Nigerian regulator (NCC) was elected to lead the study group.

  • French translations of the DSA Model White Space Rules have been finalized and added to the DSA website:

    • Model White Spaces Rules: Background and Context (French version)
    • Frequently Asked Questions (French version)
    • Suggested Technical Rules and Regulations for the Use of Television White Spaces (For the French version of the Suggested Technical Rules and Regulations for the Use of Television White Spaces, please contact DSA Administration)
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:
November 2015: DSA Comments on Ofcom Consultation on More Radio Spectrum for the Internet of Things
November 2015: DSA Comments on MACRA Proposed TVWS Regulations
October 2015: DSA Response to Ofcom Consultation on Spectrum Sharing
September 2015: Letter in Support of Deere and Company Request for Waiver
July 2015: DSA Response to FCC Amendment on Commercial Operations Rules in the 3.5MHz Band

Partnership with Wireless Broadband Alliance
We are pleased to be partnering with the Wireless Broadband Alliance, the industry association focused on driving next generation Wi-Fi and its role in Public Wi-Fi services, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Converged Services, Smart Cities and 5G.
Working together, the DSA and WBA aim to ensure interoperability within unlicensed spectrum and to promote the usage of unlicensed wireless technologies at both the technical and regulatory level. The partnership will use the combined efforts of both organizations to drive forward innovation in unlicensed wireless technologies, as a complementary technology within the ecosystem.
To make this partnership really concrete, the WBA and DSA have provisionally discussed a joint collaboration programme to jointly explore topics such as the following:
  • Joint whitepaper – “Unlicensed Spectrum Overview”

  • Evolution of 802.11 Standards to cover M2M, IoT and bridging the digital divide including the 802.11af and 802.11ah standards

  • WiFi and Unlicensed LTE Co-existence: LTE-U Forum has published specifications for the LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) solution. Qualcomm has also announced MuLTEfire as standalone LTE small cell solution. These innovative new solutions could have significant implications on WiFi – and both DSA and the WBA believe our members would be keen to keep a strong watching brief and advocate if we believe co-existence issues would arise.

Microsoft launches fund to improve access to affordable Internet
As part of the Affordable Access Initiative, member Microsoft has launched a new fund to support companies with solutions that bring affordable Internet access to undeserved markets. Microsoft’s Affordable Access Initiative invests in new last-mile access technologies, cloud-based services and applications, and business models that can reduce the cost of Internet access and help more people affordably access the Internet. From November 2015, eligible companies can submit their application online here.

OPIC backs Mawingu Networks with $4M
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has signed an agreement to provide Mawingu Networks with $4 million in debt. Mawingu Networks provides solar-powered Internet access to users across rural Kenya. Mawingu Networks are set to join the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance in 2016.

ITU-D Study Group 1 Recap
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, represented by Andrew Stirling, attended the 2nd ITU-Development Study Group 1 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on September 16, and presented a paper on how dynamic spectrum access technologies, including TV white space, can help less developed countries utilise spectrum more efficiently and overcome connectivity obstacles. The ITU-D Study Group creates methods to support less experienced countries in developing the telecoms expertise they need to ensure economic growth. Having had a very positive reception at the Study Group from delegates, particularly those from Africa, the paper is currently with the Drafting Committee and it is set to be published as part of a report due to be published in early 2017.

Connect Arran Summit
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance members Jim Beveridge and Andrew Stirling recently attended and spoke at the Connect Arran Summit on 30 September, which took place on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. During the conference, Jim and Andrew presented on how dynamic spectrum access technologies can help the Isle of Arran cope with the connectivity challenges posed by its hilly/mountainous terrain and lush open spaces. The presentations were very well received and delegates were excited at the new possibilities for improving broadband, offered by this technology.

P3 Impact Award for TVWS
The TV White Space Partnership has been awarded the P3 Impact Award.
The partnership deploys Microsoft's TVWS technology to send out free internet signals to more than 200,000 individuals located in otherwise isolated locations, and covers areas much greater than traditional Wi-Fi and cellular technology can span.
The partnership deploys Microsoft's TVWS technology to send out free internet signals to more than 200,000 individuals located in otherwise isolated locations, and covers areas much greater than traditional Wi-Fi and cellular technology can span.
The P3 Impact Award recognizes the leading public-private partnerships (PPPs) that are improving local communities and the world in the most impactful ways. This award is conferred by the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Partnerships, Concordia, and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The TVWS Partnership was announced the winner of the P3 Impact Award, by Secretary of State John Kerry, via video, on October 2 at the Concordia Summit in New York City.

Feature Articles
October 2015, Deccan Chronicle: Surf white! Rural broadband is set for a makeover!
October 2015, ITU Telecom World: Reaching the last mile: innovative solutions to remaining connectivity issues
September 2015, South African Wireless Communications: Reaping the dividend (pg. 27-29)
August 2015, Communications Daily: Wi-Fi in TV Spectrum Close to Finding Mass Market Appeal, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Head Says
July 2015, Telecom Review APAC: A dynamic future for spectrum allocation (pg. 6-7)

Recent Industry Events
ASEAN WRAN/TVWS Workshop, September 7-8, Vientiane, Laos
The workshop was around sharing experiences (both ASEAN and international) on piloting and deploying rural connectivity using TVWS. Topics covered included: architecture, results so far, challenges (policy, regulatory, financial, business model), and plans going forward. Here H Nwana joined the agenda to deliver three presentations including on: ‘Regional and International Examples of Wireless Broadband Implementation’ and an ‘Introduction to Dynamic Spectrum Allocation.’

Spectrum Futures, September 10-11, Singapore
Spectrum Futures is a new conference focused on the latest developments in the use of spectrum for Internet access in Asia and Oceania with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia. H Nwana and Jeffrey Yan spoke on a panel titled ‘Dynamic Spectrum: Current Issues.’

Ofcom Consultation Seminar - A framework for spectrum sharing, September 23, London, UK
Ofcom held a seminar looking at the proposals it had received on its spectrum sharing framework consultation. This was an opportunity to hear from the Ofcom team about their proposal as well as participate in an open discussion about the issues that matter for the future of spectrum sharing in the UK. H Nwana provided several DSA inputs at this event.

ATU 3rd meeting of African Spectrum Working Group (AfriSWoG-3), September 30 – October 2, Kenya, Africa
Representatives from Google, accompanied by H Nwana, attended the working group sessions promoting key aspects of the Enabling Use of Television White Spaces study paper.

ITU Telecom World, October 12-15, Budapest, Hungary
At this year’s ITU Telecom World, H Nwana joined a panel to discuss ‘Reaching the last mile: Innovative solutions to remaining connectivity issues.’

Wireless Broadband Alliance Wi-Fi Global Congress, October 12-15, San Jose, California
H Nwana joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance at their annual Wi-Fi Global Congress to discuss topics such as the challenges of connecting the next 4 Billion in emerging markets, the role of Wi-Fi and how dynamic spectrum access would help enable Wi-Fi for emerging markets.

Latin America Spectrum Management Conference, October 20-21, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This year’s Latin America Spectrum Management Conference follows last year’s successful inaugural conference, and will once again provide a high-level meeting point for stakeholders across Latin America and beyond to discuss topical issues relating to the management and co-ordination of spectrum policy across the region. As a keynote speaker at this conference, H Nwana gave a presentation on the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance as part of the ‘Measuring and Promoting Spectrum Efficiency’ session.

White Space Alliance Global Summit, October 26-27, New Delhi, India
This Summit aims to deliver on the promise of “Digital India” and will discuss how spectrum sharing is enabling broadband services. H Nwana attended the Summit and joined a panel presentation titled ‘Taking Advantage of Underutilized Spectrum - Regulatory Perspectives.’
Upcoming Industry Events
PTC’16, January 17-20, Hawaii
PTC's annual conference is the Asia-Pacific's premier telecommunications event. Now in its 38th year, the annual conference is a strategic springboard for the global telecommunications industry. The Conference provides all attendees with a three-day platform to focus on planning, networking, and discovering what the New Year will bring. H Nwana will join a roundtable discussion titled ‘Will New Platforms for Internet Access Change Everything?’

Convergence India, January 20-22, New Delhi, India
As India marches towards the digital economy of the 21st century, the 24th Convergence India 2016 expo will play host to a congregation of 12,000+ business leaders from across the globe. The international exhibition and expo taking place in India will focus on new-age technologies and merging business solutions, enabling to enrich the lives of a billion people.  H Nwana will join the agenda to speak on a panel session titled ‘TV White Space and its utility for Mobile Services.’

UK spectrum policy: allocation, capacity and the development of 5G, April 14, London, UK
Bringing together policymakers with key stakeholders across the telecoms and audio-visual media sectors, this timely seminar will examine the development of UK spectrum policy. It takes place as demand pressures continue to increase and as future allocation is being discussed. H Nwana will provide a keynote on the topic of ‘Emerging Markets: 5G and WiFi.’

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit, April 25-28, Bogota, Colombia
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance annual Global Summit will be co-hosted by Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Colombian national spectrum regulator, in Bogota, Colombia on April 26-28, 2016. Following on from previous successes in Asia (Manila, Philippines) and Africa (Accra, Ghana), the Summit will head to Latin America where regulators, industry representatives, and academics from around the world will discuss how new dynamic spectrum sharing technologies and regulatory models are being used to increase digital inclusion and address the massive growth of wireless data.

IET Annual Prestige Mobile Communications Lecture, June 9, Reading, UK
H Nwana will present the lecture, focussing on ‘DSA bridging the digital divide: 5G & IoT.’

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