Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Q1 2022 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

There is no doubt about the importance of different technologies for connectivity and digital inclusion. As a recent example, when asked about how the EU will ensure adequate access to Wi-Fi, given its importance for driving digital development particularly for SMEs, EVP Margrethe Vestager expressed her support for Wi-Fi as a fundamental technology in public places like libraries and squares (where technology is provided for free), and in other locations across Europe. This was expressed during a public event organized by POLITICO on Europe’s 2030 digital targets.

Additional spectrum for Wi-Fi 65 and Wi-Fi 7 is crucial to ensure that all of us reap the full benefits of the Wi-Fi based economy and to enhance broadband connectivity. In February, I attended Mobile World Congress, one of the industry’s largest and most significant telecommunications events. The upper 6 GHz band discussion was a relevant topic, and while GSMA’s stance is that it should be identified for IMT, and that regulators in regions 2 and 3 not studying the 6425-7025 MHz band should “wait”, I was able to meet with many delegates from across the media to discuss the value in allocating this spectrum for Wi-Fi. I hope to see more regulators following in the footsteps of countries like Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and South Korea, by allocating the upper 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi this year, and not postponing the benefits of Wi-Fi 6E technologies for their citizens and their economies.

The DSA’s partnership with the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme (DAP) was also announced this quarter, as we work towards digital inclusion across Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The Digital Access Programme designed and funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in collaboration with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Department (DCMS), is developing local capacity for inclusive connectivity in partner countries by enabling a pivotal change in the conversation about spectrum management. We have already held public and closed workshops to discuss enhancing affordable broadband connectivity through spectrum-sharing and facilitating inclusive growth of the digital ecosystem. Four new studies published by the DSA and Telecom Advisory Services LLC (TAS) under this collaboration agreement demonstrated the billions that could be added to the economies of Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, if governments here decided to allow unlicensed access to the 6 GHz band. Bridging the digital divide is a constant and ongoing process, but this injection into the economies of these countries would be a significant step in connected the unconnected and preventing Wi-Fi congestion in more urban areas.

President of the DSA

Martha Suarez


What’s new?

The Benefits of Unlicensed or Shared Access in the 6 GHz Spectrum Band

Microwave Journal Media Director, Pat Hindle, talks with the President of Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Martha Suarez, about the benefits of unlicensed or shared access to the 6 GHz spectrum band globally to realize the many socio-economic benefits to all regions. Listen to the full podcast here.

DSA Policy Position Paper: Why allocating the full 1200 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi systems via the LIPD Class License is the best outcome for all Australians

Recently the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association released a Policy Position paper discussing future spectrum requirements for 5G services. DSA believes that in the case of 6 GHz Wi-Fi (RLAN) spectrum AMTA/GSMA have largely missed the point or have failed to consider some important facts. In this paper DSA would like to take the opportunity to address these issues so that the ACMA and Government can make the right decisions for Australia’s connected future. READ MORE

Kenya Spectrum Economic Study

Four new studies assessed the economic value of unlicensed use of the band in Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa by assessing the impact on service quality, coverage, affordability and the impact on different applications and use cases. In the case of Kenya, the cumulative economic value between 2021 and 2030 associated with enabling license-exempt access to the 1200 MHz in the 6 GHz band amounts up to US$ 14.28 billion in GDP contribution, US$ 1.12 billion in producer surplus to Kenyan enterprises, and US$ 4.89 billion in consumer surplus to the Kenyan population. The total contribution amounts up to US$ 20.29 billion to the Kenyan economy over the next 10 years. READ MORE.

Nigeria Spectrum Economic Study

For Nigeria, the cumulative economic value between 2021 and 2030 associated with enabling license-exempt access to the 1200 MHz in the 6 GHz band amounts up to US$ 49.89 billion in GDP contribution, US$ 10.51 billion in producer surplus to Nigerian enterprises, and US$ 11.74 billion in consumer surplus to the Nigerian population. The total contribution amounts up to US$ 72.14 billion to the Nigerian economy over the next 10 years. READ MORE

South Africa Spectrum Economic Study

For South Africa, the cumulative economic value between 2021 and 2030 associated with enabling license-exempt access to the 1200 MHz in the 6 GHz band amounts up to US$ 34.81 billion in GDP contribution, US$ 13.32 billion in producer surplus to South African enterprises, and US$ 9.63 billion in consumer surplus to the South African population. The total contribution amounts up to US$ 57.76 billion to the South African economy over the next 10 years. READ MORE

Indonesia Spectrum Economic Study

In the case of Indonesia, the cumulative economic value between 2022 and 2031 associated with enabling license-exempt access to the 1200 MHz in the 6 GHz band amounts to US$ 126.44 billion in GDP contribution, US$ 37.73 billion in producer surplus to Indonesian enterprises, and US$ 23.47 billion in consumer surplus to the Indonesian population. The total contribution amounts to US$ 187.63 billion to the Indonesian economy over the next 10 years. READ MORE


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

Digital inclusion is a key enabler of economic and social development

Digitally under-served populations risk being left behind, said Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Development in the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). During the ninth annual DSA Global Summit, DSA President Martha Suárez and Alessandra Lustrati discussed FCDO’s digital development policy framework, the UK Digital Access Programme, and the collaboration between FCDO and DSA. READ MORE

Discussion in the media

Spectrum Sharing in Nigeria

Tech Track Africa, 02 March 2022

At Mobile World Congress, Pantami, Danbatta and top echelon of the Nigerian delegation hit the ground running by holding purposive strategic talks with Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. The discussion focused on spectrum sharing and unlicensed technologies as well as progress of DSA’s work in this regard, with emphasis on how DSA’s processes will benefit Nigeria. READ MORE

Slow but steady rise of e-commerce and Fintech in key countries – Insights from Kenya and Nigeria

Balancing Act Africa, 18 February 2022

A partnership between the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme (DAP) and the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) is contributing towards digital inclusion in Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. By encouraging ‘a new spectrum mindset’ the DSA and DAP aim to catalyse affordable internet connectivity in underserved regions to support the inclusive growth of the digital ecosystem. READ MORE

European Commission Expands 5G Spectrum to Pioneering Bands

Inside Towers, 14 February 2022

The 5G rollout is not yet complete across Europe, and already industry players are looking ahead to 6G and how Wi-Fi could impact the market. Martha Suárez, president of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, an association that includes Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, commented on how the EU could avoid falling behind its global competitors. “We urge the Commission and the member states to proceed swiftly with opening the rest of the 6 GHz band for license-exempt use by [WAS/RLAN] technologies, such as Wi-Fi,” said Suárez. READ MORE

IAFI calls upon government to delicense new spectrum for Wi-Fi 6 and 60 GHz to support PM-WANI

Tele.net, 07 February 2022

At the “New Spectrum for Wi-Fi”, a virtual workshop organised by ITU-APT Foundation of India (IAFI), along with global Wi-Fi Alliance, Qualcomm, and Wireless World Research Forum, IAFI has requested the government to follow the global trends and delicense the 6 GHz and 60 GHz spectrum, to support PM-WANI and Atamnirbhar India programs. READ MORE


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:

Hybrid Cloud Congress 2022*
Techforge, 18 January 2022

Stakeholder Engagement Workshop: Enhancing Affordable Broadband Connectivity through Spectrum-Sharing and Facilitating Inclusive Growth of the Local Digital Ecosystem
Strathmore University & FCDO, 21 January 2022

Virtual roundtable by Telecom Review: Wi-Fi 6E and 6 GHz band under the spotlight
Telecom Review, 24 January 2022

U.S.-Indo-Pacific Standards and Technology Cooperation Program workshop
USTDA, MDES, ONDE and the NBTC, 17 February 2022

Mobile World Congress 2022*
GSMA, 28 February 2022

DSA was pleased to be a media partner of Mobile World Congress 2022. With over 61,000 attendees across 182 countries and territories, more than 1,000 speakers delivered presentations across 6 main themes including Internet of Everything and 5G Connect. The congress will return in February 2023 – find out more here.

Women in Telco forum by RCR Wireless: Career growth and development in focus
RCR Wireless, 8 March 2022

Stakeholder Engagement Workshop: Key Policies Governing the Use of Dynamic Spectrum Access in Kenya
Strathmore University & Communications Authority of Kenya, 11 March 2022

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


DSA in the News

Australia Needs 6 GHz Wi-Fi Spectrum, says Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
The Fast Mode, 07 February 2022

Australia should set aside the full 1200 MHz of available 6 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi applications under the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)’s Low Interference Potential Devices (LIPD) Class Licence, according to Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. READ MORE

Alliance takes aim at advancing affordable connectivity in developing countries
Tech Metro Africa, 09 February 2022

An alliance between the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme (DAP) and the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) is contributing towards digital inclusion in Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. READ MORE

6 GHz unlicensed access and Wi-Fi 6E to add $300bn to Indonesian and African economies, says DSA
Vanilla Plus, 25 February 2022

The economies of Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa could benefit if they decide to enable unlicensed access to the 5925-7125 MHz band, according to studies published by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) and the Telecom Advisory Services LLC (TAS). READ MORE


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:

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 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.

Broadcom ships one billion Wi-Fi 6 and 6E chips
3rd March 2022

This time last year, the hunger consumers and enterprises had for faster, more efficient Wi-Fi had caught fire, driving us to ship more than 500 million Wi-Fi 6 chips. Twelve months later, this number has doubled, bringing 1 billion Wi-Fi 6 and 6E Broadcom chips to individuals and enterprises across the world. READ MORE

Saving TVWS
8th March 2022

Two things make TVSS a unique and interesting technology. The first has to do with the radio spectrum that TVWS uses. The propagation of radio frequencies changes as you move up and down the frequency bands. Lower radio frequencies, such as those used in television broadcast, have the virtue of being able to penetrate foliage and even navigate larger obstacles like hills, buildings, etc. READ MORE

Reports of Wi-Fi 7’s birth have been greatly exaggerated
15th March 2022

Aruba is seeing unprecedented demand for our Wi-Fi 6E products. We believe that it will be one of the longest-lived product upgrades in the history of Wi-Fi in the enterprise. Aruba just introduced the second of several planned 6E platforms, and we’re already shipping 6E products into more than 10 countries with more countries being added every week. READ MORE


Upcoming Event Partnerships

Connected North

25 - 26 April
Manchester, United Kingdom
Connected North will bring together 80 speakers and 500 attendees and will provide an opportunity for the region’s connectivity leaders to come together and explore the most important regional issues around enabling the North’s connected future.

Digital Transformation Week North America

11 – 12 May
Santa Clara, California
Digital Transformation Week is a senior level forum for enterprise-level decision-makers seeking to explore and evaluate new technologies and strategic approaches to drive innovation in their business.

The Edge Computing Expo North America

11 – 12 May
Santa Clara, California
An in-person event and conference consisting of top-level content and thought leadership discussions exploring the edge computing ecosystem. Edge Computing Expo North America will provide insight and strategies for technology decision makers seeking to explore and evaluate thought-leadership topics and valuable strategies to drive businesses forward.

Wi-Fi Now

16 - 18 May
Cancun, Mexico
Martha will be speaking at the conference and expo which showcases and supports the global Wi-Fi industry. The event will bring the world’s Wi-Fi leaders together under one roof for three days of all things Wi-Fi - with a special focus on innovation & opportunity, and new opportunities in 6 GHz.

IIC Forum

18 - 20 May
Miami, USA
Martha will be speaking at the forum where regulators, policy makers, industry and civil society from South & Central America and the Caribbean will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by digital transformation.

FTTH Conference 2022

23 - 25 May
Vienna, Austria
Martha will be speaking at the world’s largest fiber conference where 150 C-level executives, technology specialists, investors and policy makers will cover a wide range of FTTH-related topics and unveil exclusive data, such as the state of the market in Europe and much more.

Wireless Global Conference

6 – 9 June
Chicago, USA
Martha will be speaking at the conference providing the latest news, insights and innovation from the world of Wi-Fi for operators and carriers, enterprises, cities and things. Attendees will hear directly from enterprises, operators, device manufacturers, service providers and the expert organizations that serve them.

Connected Britain

20 – 21 September
London, United Kingdom
Over the past 8 years, Connected Britain has solidified itself as the UK’s most important connectivity event, bringing together the leaders shaping Britain’s digital future. Connected Britain 2022 will continue to evolve and explore how next generation broadband technologies, especially fibre and 5G, are enabling exciting new opportunities across UK. The conference will also have a renewed focus on the customer, whether that’s business, communities, or individuals.

World Communication Awards 2022

1 November
London, United Kingdom
For the past 24 years, the World Communication Awards have recognised innovation and excellence for global telecoms, and today continues to be the most revered mark of achievement in the industry. Martha will be on the panel of Judges for this year’s event.

The Digital Transformation Week Global

1 – 2 December
London, United Kingdom
The online conference is perfect for those technology professionals making investment and strategy decisions or building and executing pioneering projects within their organisation. The event will consist of live and on-demand from over 40 speakers sharing their unparalleled industry knowledge and real-life experiences in the forms of solo presentations, expert panel discussions and in-depth fireside chats.


Get in touch

If you would like more information, or if your company or organization is interested in joining the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, then please email admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org.

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