Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Q2 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
As we just crossed the halfway point of what is turning out to be another busy year, I’ve been looking back at all the successes that were achieved across the globe so far in 2022. With more and more countries and organizations recognising the vital role of technology for digital inclusion and connectivity the momentum seen in the last quarter shows no signs of slowing down. One of the key factors behind this has been the adoption of the ‘Establishing the 2030 Policy Programme – Path to the Digital Decade’ report by the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament, which represents a significant step towards a fully inclusive digital economy and shows strong support for the principle of technology neutrality. The hope is that governments across the continent now continue down the path towards digital inclusivity and provide greater access to license-exempt spectrum for Wi-Fi in the 6425-7125 MHz frequency band.
One thing that particularly pleased me was seeing ANATEL recommit to their decision regarding unlicensed spectrum access to the entire 6 GHz band in Brazil, and even their intention to enable standard power devices that could operate outdoors under AFC control in the coming months. Despite some fake news published in February during the Mobile World Congress organized by the GSMA in Barcelona, ANATEL continues convinced about the importance of unlicensed spectrum for broadband connectivity in the country and are paving the way for new technologies such as Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 to be used across the entire 6 GHz band. I look forward to seeing more devices homologated in Brazil throughout the rest of the year and beyond.
This quarter, we published the latest economic studies assessing the economic impact of unlicensed access to the 6 GHz band in Ecuador and the Caribbean countries. These reports were the latest to indicate the huge economic benefits to be found in opening up the 6 GHz band, and we have once again emphasized the necessity of this across publications spanning the telecommunications and technology sectors, through interviews, comments and feature articles. I have also attended and presented at many internationally recognised events, discussing the role of Wi-Fi in the next digital decade and on digital transformation. These events included Wi-Fi Now in Cancun, IIC Annual LatAm & Caribbean Telecommunications & Media Forum in Miami and the FTTH conference held in Vienna, and I would personally like to thank those that have extended invitations to DSA throughout the year so far.
As I continue to attend these industry forums, I look forward to taking part in our own annual Global Summit coming up later this year. Last year’s event was another huge success, bringing together a wide range of private sector leaders, policy makers, regulators and other industry experts to discuss the best spectrum sharing methods, models and best practices. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Summit, and I hope I get the chance to celebrate this with many of you in Paris later September. We are delighted to announce Mario Maniewicz, Director of the Radiocommunications Office, ITU and Councillor Yolisa Kedama of the ICASA as our first speakers, and be sure to keep an eye out for further speakers and details of the summit over the next month.
President of the DSA
As Europe embraces the joint digital and green transition, it is aiming to bring gigabit fibre connectivity to all households in the region, and 5G to all populated areas. These two priorities highlight the complementary role of fixed and mobile networks in delivering broadband connectivity to EU citizens, enterprises and SMEs, schools and hospitals. While mobile networks, such as 4G and 5G, deliver internet access to people on the move, the vast majority of users rely on fixed networks and Wi-Fi to access the internet – or their company’s intranet – at home, in the office, in school, and in other buildings. READ MORE.
The objective of this study is to provide an assessment of the economic value to be derived by opening the 6 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed use in Ecuador. The analysis estimates the impact on service quality, coverage, affordability, and focuses on specific applications and use cases likely to be introduced in the enterprise and consumer markets through devices and favourable technical rules. READ MORE
Explore our latest blogs to discover the DSA’s recent work, partnerships and successes!
Urban and rural areas are constantly looking to harness the potential of connectivity. The world needs to maximise the use of radio spectrum to meet soaring connectivity demands, and to connect the remaining portion of the world’s population without internet access. Tiered spectrum access is one way that spectrum can be utilised to benefit those in dense urban areas, as well as rural regions which will benefit from closing the digital divide. READ MORE
Discussion in the media
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, countries such as the US, UK, Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates – as well as markets across the EU – have already made portions of 6GHz available on an unlicensed basis for Wi-Fi applications. Wapa said research it conducted with the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance in South Africa found that releasing 1.2GHz at 6GHz for commercial Internet applications could deliver US$34.8-billion (R561.6-billion) in improved GDP over the next decade. READ MORE
South Africa could benefit by up to nearly USD 58 billion over the next ten years by enabling 1,200 licence-exempt megahertz in the 6 GHz band, according to the Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA). This would help to bridge the digital divide and improve access to remote education, work and commerce. WAPA has collaborated with Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) over several months to reach the findings. 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:
Digital Transformation Week North America*
The Edge Computing Expo North America*
Wi-Fi Now World Congress Americas 2022
FTTH Conference 2022
‘Reaching the 2030 EU Targets – What is the role of Wi-Fi?’ Online Event
Wireless Global Conference
* DSA has partnered with these events, but did not give a presentation
DSA in the News
5G in Reality: Next spectrum steps for the leading 5G regions of the world
As we reflect on the use cases across the USA, it is clear that CBRS has revolutionized the ways in which spectrum is utilized to better connectivity across a diverse number of sectors. Hundreds of WISPS have moved their system from the old regime onto new CBRS systems so far, taking advantage of hybrid networks to offer better service to their users and using the spectrum to upgrade their networks and reach. READ MORE
Executive Insights with Martha Suárez, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
There is a global momentum to enable the use of the entire 6GHz band for Wi-Fi, which is crucial for broadband access. Governments worldwide have already opened the full 1200 MHz of the band for Wi-Fi access, including the USA, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Canada. Wi-Fi plays a central role in connectivity worldwide, accounting for over half of total traffic (fixed and mobile) transferred over the Internet and generating enormous economic value. READ MORE
The Battle of the Bands
With Europe still looking into the 6GHz band, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), a cross industry not-for-profit organization has urged countries worldwide to adopt licence-exempt access to the whole 6GHz band – promoting alternative technologies in addition to 5G to deal with some of the new demands of the digital transformation. The DSA believes this will help citizens and businesses choose the technologies best suited to their needs. 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:
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.
Private Wireless powering agriculture and automated farming with Intel
Agriculture operations face many unique challenges when it comes to networking and are generally spread out over a large area, often in remote locations where public carrier broadband wireless is limited and can be costly to implement. Low-latency, high-bandwidth wireless communications through a shared spectrum-enabled private wireless network were essential to realizing the level of automation achieved in this use case. Federated Wireless deployed a private wireless network in less than three days which covered the vineyard’s 2.1 square miles. The network leveraged Intel Smart Edge and an edge server with a six-core Intel Xeon D-1528 processor to successfully connect a mix of autonomous tractors, sensors and other data points. READ MORE
Smart Warehouse deployment for CalChip
As the first major achievement of the collaboration, Federated Wireless has completed the deployment of a private wireless network and innovation center to power CalChip Connect’s global IoT distribution center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This deployment will serve as a reference architecture and ecosystem for customers to easily design and deploy smart warehouse solutions with private wireless customized to their exact use case requirements. Customers will also benefit from the Federated Wireless Spectrum Access System (SAS) which monitors and manages CBRS spectrum throughout the United States to enable clean, high speed, low latency spectrum. READ MORE
Strathclyde supports BT’s pioneering showcase of 5G in live TV
Engineers from the University of Strathclyde built a custom private shared spectrum 5G standalone network which helped enable a new BT showcase of the powerful benefits that 5G can bring to broadcasters. As part of an industry first collaboration, matchday cameras were connected to the 5G network, custom built for London’s StoneX stadium, during a match between Saracens and Northampton last weekend. BT and the University of Strathclyde collaborated to enable a number of the matchday cameras to be connected via a standalone private 5G network it had installed at the ground. These cameras’ output then formed part of the live BT Sport coverage of the match in a UK first - never before have key matchday cameras, as part of a customer broadcast, been enabled in this way. READ MORE
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