DSA Global Summit 2013

The Dawn of Spectrum Abundance

18th November

IMPACT Exhibition Center
Phoenix Ballroom
Bangkok, Thailand

The Summit

Forward-thinking regulators, leading academics, cutting-edge technologists and pioneering businesspeople spoke at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit about the incredible future offered by new dynamic spectrum access technologies.

The latest pilots and studies show how great technology and great regulation are turning spectrum scarcity into spectrum abundance, increasing available bandwidth and reducing costs for consumers. Experts with first-hand experience demonstrated how DSA can help governments, businesses, and communities deliver affordable access in the busiest cities and in the most remote countryside.

Running alongside the ITU Telecom World 2013, this was a unique opportunity for attendees to explore the potential of freshly-proven technologies and to learn from emerging regulatory models in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America that make this all possible.

Event Highlights

The Schedule

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 am | Welcome Remarks and Opening Keynote Sessions

  • Welcome from Master of Ceremonies – 3’

    Paul Garnett, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

  • Welcome Speech By Organizer Convenor – 5’

    Professor Yoonaidharma, IIC/UTCC

  • Welcome from the ITU – 5’

    Francois Rancy, Director Radio Communication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union

  • Keynote Speech: NBTC – 5’

    Dr. Jesada Sivaraks, Secretary to Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting & Telecommunication Commission of Thailand

  • Keynote Speech: DSA – 15’

    H. Nwana, Independent Consultant and former Group Director of Spectrum Policy at UK Ofcom

The Coming Spectrum Abundance

This roundtable will discuss how new technologies and regulatory innovations can and will create “spectrum abundance” out of apparent “spectrum scarcity.” Panelists will introduce some of the first certified and commercially available TV white space radios, discuss early efforts to develop standardized devices, and investigate what future innovations could mean for consumers in terms of the speed, bandwidth, and the cost of broadband connectivity.

EJ Chiang, Director of Business Development, MediaTek
Angelo Cuffaro, Senior Director, R&D, Interdigital
Dr. Oh Ser Wah, Head of TV White Space Program, I2R
Dr. Jesada Sivaraks, Secretary to Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting & Telecommunication Commission of Thailand
Shih Mo, CEO, Aviacomm

Amer Hassan, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Coffee/Tea Break

Regulatory Trends and Updates: Dynamic Spectrum

In the last two years, we have seen significant regulatory developments in countries as diverse as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Singapore. More recently, we are seeing a growing list of governments support commercial pilot projects leveraging the TV white spaces. Hear from some of the most innovative regulators in the world, who are developing and implementing the first TV white space regulations leveraging dynamic spectrum access technologies and techniques and how these early efforts can serve as a the model for other regulators worldwide.

Charles Chew, Director International, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)
Alan Norman, Principal, Access Strategy, Google
Dr. John S. Nkoma, Director General of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority
George Kintanar, Chairman of the Philippine Government, CIO Forum Foundation
Professor Doug Sicker, Director of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, University of Colorado

Andy Haire, Principal, AJH Communications

12:15 pm | Lunch and Special Skype Sessions With Pilot Locations

Connecting the Next Four Billion: Progress, Pilots and Reports from Emerging Markets

One of the key applications for TV white space technology is providing more affordable wireless broadband to underserved, rural, and under-privileged communities. TV White Space deployments in places like Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the US, and the UK demonstrate the potential of this technology to bridge the digital divide and provide affordable access to the Internet. Drawing from worldwide deployment experiences this panel will provide testimony on how the technology has worked, how it has impacted people's lives, business models that these technologies could enable, and what needs to be done to ensure that such efforts can be scaled to serve billions of people yet to be connected.

Mihayo Wilmore, Managing Partner, UhuruOne
Ken Spann, Managing Director, WaveTek
Dr. Tun Thura Thet, CEO, Myanmar Information Technology PTE.Ltd
Chris Weasler, Head of Global Connectivity, Facebook

Paul Garnett, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

The Internet of Things: What a Future Might Look Like

Roundtable discussion on the future of the Internet of Things. Are we close? How close? What is happening with this perpetual emerging topic? Expert panellists from both the private and public sectors will discuss what the future might look like when everything is connected all the time.

Professor John Ure, Director, TRP, University of Hong Kong and co-Director of TRPC Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Jim Beveridge, Senior Director, International Technology Policy, Microsoft
Dominic Vergine, Director of Sustainable Development, ARM Ltd.

Tracy Hopkins, Corporate VP Business Development, Neul

Coffee/Tea Break

Looking Forward: The next year, the next 5 years, the next 10 years

If past is prologue, the world’s demand for wireless devices and bandwidth will continue to grow unabated. And the range of applications using wireless connections is ever expanding. What will connectivity look like in five, ten, even fifteen years from now? What wireless technologies and spectrum sharing techniques could address all of this growing demand? What sorts of regulations will need to be in place to accommodate future demands? This esteemed group of panelists will help address these questions and more.

Steve Song, Network Startup Resource Center
Francois Rancy, Director Radio Communication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
Dr. Hiroshi Harada, Director, Smart Wireless Laboratory, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT – Japan)

Linda Doyle, Trinity College Dublin

5:15 pm | Closing Remarks

  • Dynamic Spectrum Alliance – 10’

    Paul Mitchell, General Manager, Technology Policy, Microsoft

The National Broadcasting & Telecommunication Commission of Thailand will co-host this event with the DSA. The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the International Institute of Communications will both act as facilitators.

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

SpectraLink Wireless



Supported By

Internation Institue of Communications