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
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.
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.
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
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
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?
6 GHz is transforming the state of global Wi-Fi
Post-crisis economic recovery for the Latin America region with Wi-Fi
Access to 6 GHz spectrum band is vital to empower a digital society
In case you missed it! More…
Efficient utilization of spectrum is key for innovation and affordable broadband
Unleashing Asia’s digital potential with Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz band
Interview with Martha Suarez
Wi-Fi urgently needs more spectrum
Unlocking the potential of spectrum sharing
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
10th Americas Spectrum Management Conference
CEABAD: “Wi-Fi, and its Evolution to Wi-Fi 6E”
Digital Twin World
Future Work Solutions Congress
UACA and INTEC discussion: Digital Infrastructure for Economic and Social Development
FCDO: Brazil Session
CTU Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force
ANATEL’s review of the Radio Spectrum Use Regulation (RUE)
Digital Transformation Week Europe*
8th Latin America Spectrum Management Conference
11th International Spectrum Congress
25th November 2021
NAISP’s annual +ISP
FCDO and DSA South Africa open workshop
WInComm’s Wireless Innovation Forum
* DSA has partnered with these events, but did not give a presentation
DSA in the News
ISPs in Brazil to benefit from TVWS changes
EU must provide enough spectrum for next generation Wi-Fi technologies, tech and allied groups warn
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:
The full list of filings is available on the DSA website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federated Wireless Accelerates Leadership in Shared Spectrum Market
Democratizing Wireless Internet Access with CBRS
DISH and Cisco Partner to Drive Wireless Disruption and Innovation for Enterprises
Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program and Goodwill Industries International Expand Workforce Development Efforts Nationwide
Boingo, Federated Wireless score CBRS deal for San Diego Padres
Federated hopes spectrum leasing catches hold
Upcoming Event Partnerships
Devops as a Service Summit
Mobile World Congress
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