Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Q4 2021 Newsletter

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.

Introduction from Martha Suárez

As we approach the end of another busy year, I’m pleased to look back at all the spectrum sharing successes that were achieved worldwide in 2021. During the last quarter, this momentum showed no signs of slowing down, with new regulations for TWVS announced in Brazil, providing benefits for ISPs and people in the country. This is an especially significant step towards providing connectivity to underserved and rural regions, as smaller providers and community networks are empowered to utilise newly unlicensed spectrum.

I was particularly pleased to see this progress in Brazil, which is one of the focus countries of the DSA’s new partnership with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The DSA has partnered with FCDO to work towards digital inclusion in Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa; so far we have held workshops with a focus on improving connectivity in Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil, and I look forward to continuing these efforts into the new year.

This quarter, we made the whitepaper: 6 GHz License Exempt: Why the full 1200 MHz and why now? more accessible, by releasing a Spanish version as well as a short summary. We also published a new whitepaper titled “Lessons from the Assia Report on Wi-Fi and Broadband Data". We hope that this will urge regulators to make new decisions, in light of growing traffic and changing requirements. This urgent need to open up the 6 GHz band is being emphasized across contributed feature articles from the DSA, in publications spanning the telecommunications and technology landscape. Last month, we urged the EU, alongside other tech and allied groups, to ensure that enough spectrum is made available by opening up the upper part of the 6GHz band, as they consider priority actions for the EU Digital Decade Policy Programme.

Furthermore, the DSA was very pleased to note that fourteen different Automated Frequency Coordination system initial proposals were submitted last month to Federal Communications Commission, including several by members of the DSA. This strong showing of interest demonstrates industry’s commitment to making the 6 GHz band a spectrum sharing success story. Given that the entire 1200 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band will be required to meet the projected demand for mid-band unlicensed / licensed-exempt spectrum for RLANs and other uses, the success of AFC systems and associated devices will be critical to the development of a robust ecosystem in the United States as well as around the world.

I would like to thank those that have invited me to attend events and conferences during the latter part of this year, for the opportunity to speak on various topics from the 6 GHz band, to the role of Wi-Fi in the next digital decade. As I attend these industry forums, I look forward to the 10th anniversary of the DSA Global Summit coming up in 2022.

President of the DSA

Martha Suarez


What’s new?

EU must provide enough spectrum for next generation Wi-Fi technologies, tech and allied groups warn

The EU should ensure that enough spectrum is made available to enable the next generations of Wi-Fi Gigabit technologies, Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7, to thrive alongside 5G and fibre. Failure to do so will leave Europe trailing behind other prominent economies, such as the US, Canada, Brazil and South Korea, which have already released the full 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi use.

6 GHz License Exempt: Why the full 1200 MHz and why now? Summary and Spanish version now available  

In August, the DSA collaborated with Apple, Broadcom, Facebook, Google, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm to develop the Whitepaper: 6 GHz License Exempt: Why the full 1200 MHz and why now? The paper summarizes why opening the full 6 GHz band is necessary, the technology needed to do so, and the social and economic benefits for countries that open the band. A summary of this paper has been published, and a Spanish version is now available.

Lessons from the Assia Report on "Wi-Fi and Broadband Data" 

This paper takes an in-depth look at the report assessing the evolution of the Wi-Fi traffic and spectrum use. DSA members conducted a simple projection in order to provide regulators with insights on how the State of Wi-Fi Report informs them about future Wi-Fi traffic and QoS that should be expected in their region. See the report, here.


Explore our latest blogs to discover the DSA’s recent work, partnerships and successes!

Connecting the Unconnected
11th October 2021

Bridging the digital equity gap has been a focus for Microsoft since July 2017, when it launched its Airband Initiative. The initiative aims to democratize access to technology, enabling more people to reach their full potential and furthering Microsoft’s mission to empower communities to achieve more. In this session dedicated to connecting the unconnected at the DSA Global Summit, we welcomed Fatema Kothari, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft’s Airband Initiative. READ MORE

Looking back at 2021, and my two years as DSA President
22nd December 2021

Since joining the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance over 2 years ago, I have witnessed the spectrum sharing landscape change in revolutionary ways. This year has been particularly progressive, with a huge amount of spectrum being made available for unlicensed access, and leaps being made towards bridging the digital divide. READ MORE

Discussion in the media

Are we ready?
ISE Magazine, 1st October 2021

6 GHz is transforming the state of global Wi-Fi
VanillaPlus, 29th October 2021

Post-crisis economic recovery for the Latin America region with Wi-Fi
Connect World, 15th November 2021 (page 15)

Access to 6 GHz spectrum band is vital to empower a digital society
Telecom Lead, 23rd November 2021

Broadband: Introduction
African Wireless Communications Yearbook, 29 November 2021

In case you missed it! More…

Efficient utilization of spectrum is key for innovation and affordable broadband
IEEE Communications Standard Magazine, 1 September 2021

Unleashing Asia’s digital potential with Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz band
Satellite Evolution Group, 30 September 2021

Interview with Martha Suarez
ITU News Magazine, 15 June 2021

Wi-Fi urgently needs more spectrum
New Electronics, 27 April

Unlocking the potential of spectrum sharing
Mobile Magazine, 12 February


The DSA has been getting involved with various events and workshops, with Martha Suarez joining other industry specialists to advocate effective spectrum utilization. Here are just some examples of events the DSA has attended and partnered with in the last three months:

The Virtual School on Internet Governance’s closed session on development
4th October 2021

10th Americas Spectrum Management Conference
12th and 13th October 2021
The Showcase can be found on demand here.
Session 2: Maximising the potential of spectrum sharing –innovative new technology & policy thinking is available on demand here.

CEABAD: “Wi-Fi, and its Evolution to Wi-Fi 6E”
15th – 20th November 2021

Digital Twin World
9th November 2021

Future Work Solutions Congress
10th November 2021

UACA and INTEC discussion: Digital Infrastructure for Economic and Social Development
10th November 2021

Connected Italy*
16th and 17th November 2021

FCDO: Brazil Session
16th November 2021

CTU Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force
17th November 2021

ANATEL’s review of the Radio Spectrum Use Regulation (RUE)
18th November 2021

Digital Transformation Week Europe*
23rd and 24th November 2021

8th Latin America Spectrum Management Conference
24th November 2021

11th International Spectrum Congress
25th November 2021

Alliance for Affordable Internet, Policy Impact Partners and DSA: focus group for telecommunications stakeholders in Nigeria
25th November 2021

NAISP’s annual +ISP
26th and 27th November 2021 

FCDO and DSA South Africa open workshop
1st December 2021

WInComm’s Wireless Innovation Forum
1st December 2021

Connected Germany*
7th and 8th December 2021

IGF 2021
12th December 2021

* DSA has partnered with these events, but did not give a presentation


DSA in the News

ISPs in Brazil to benefit from TVWS changes
Capacity Media, 08 October 2021

EU must provide enough spectrum for next generation Wi-Fi technologies, tech and allied groups warn
Total Telecom, 30 November


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 develop high-level positions on critical issues related to dynamic spectrum sharing.

Recent filings include:

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

The full list of filings is available on the DSA website.


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.

Federated Wireless Accelerates Leadership in Shared Spectrum Market
4th November 2021
Federated Wireless, shared spectrum and private wireless network pioneer, has driven a number of significant advancements in the past 12 months. The company currently has more than 200 customers, with 70,000 devices deployed, which together indicate strong momentum for the entire market segment.READ MORE

Democratizing Wireless Internet Access with CBRS
15th November 2021
Digital transformation is happening all around us. With the rollout of 5G, enterprises are eager to deploy solutions which help unlock vital business applications. But, many families and communities still aren’t seeing the effects of this new digital age – in fact, they’re seeing the pitfalls of it. READ MORE

DISH and Cisco Partner to Drive Wireless Disruption and Innovation for Enterprises
16th November 2021
DISH Wireless and Cisco today announced a multi-layered agreement to accelerate 5G services in the United States. The partnership is designed to enable businesses to capitalize on DISH’s 5G network and application infrastructure to support new hybrid work models. READ MORE

Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program and Goodwill Industries International Expand Workforce Development Efforts Nationwide
17th November 2021
Today, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program announced a significant new partnership with Goodwill Industries International to provide digital skills and workforce development training for thousands of adults with low incomes at Goodwill non-profit organizations across the United States. READ MORE

Boingo, Federated Wireless score CBRS deal for San Diego Padres
19th October 2021
Boingo Wireless is supplying the San Diego Padres with a Citizens Band Radio Services (CBRS) private network at Petco Park in San Diego. READ MORE

Federated hopes spectrum leasing catches hold
13th October 2021
Federated Wireless on Wednesday announced the availability of its new Spectrum Exchange, a product the company hopes might create a standardized approach to spectrum license leasing. READ MORE


Upcoming Event Partnerships

Hybrid Cloud Congress
11th January
Learn how establishing a strategic hybrid cloud can align IT resources with business and application needs to accelerate optimal business outcomes and achieve excellence in the cloud.

Devops as a Service Summit
1st February
he event will consist of live and on-demand from over 20 speakers sharing their unparalleled industry knowledge and real-life experiences in the forms of solo presentations, expert panel discussions and in-depth fireside chats.

Mobile World Congress
28th February - 3rd March
Barcelona, Spain
MWC Barcelona is the world’s most influential event for the mobile connectivity industry. It’s where world-leading companies and trailblazers share the latest thought leadership about the progression and future of connectivity. And it’s the best place for networking opportunities with mobile and tech industry influencers.


Get in touch

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