Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Q3 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
July to September marked an extremely busy but fruitful period for the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. It has been a delight to see so many regulators embracing unlicenced access over the last couple of months, and it was lovely to see so many of them attend our own DSA Summit, which took place in September.
More than 20 regulators from over 16 countries gathered in Paris over the course of our three-day event, attracting 149 registered visitors, with many people tuning in virtually. For those who attended, they were treated to some outstanding panels and keynote speakers, and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors, our hosts Microsoft for letting us use their facilities, as well as all the speakers and organisations for sharing valuable insights into the current and future technologies and regulations that will help to promote digital inclusion and reliable connectivity across the globe. We hope to see all of you again at the 2023 Summit.
In August, it was great to undertake a week of meetings and workshops with representatives of ANATEL and the Brazilian Government in Silicon Valley. The discussions focused on Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7 and other important technologies which gives me great hope that Brazil will have a prosperous and inclusive digital future. However, some recent news has given us cause for concern – the Chilean Government’s decision to reduce the amount of radio spectrum allocated to Wi-Fi equipment leaves the country out of the regional harmonization trend which accounts for 67% of the population, and more than 90% of the GDP of the Americas.
The decision directly contradicts the country’s own ‘Zero Digital Gap Plan’, launched in May 2022 which outlined plans to promote innovation, industrial development and competition over the next three years. As requested by the Chilean authorities, DSA is preparing technical inputs to provide an evidence-base to encourage the Government to revise their approach, or Chile may no longer have the capacity to enable a technological evolution to Wi-Fi 7.
Martha Suárez
DSA President

What´s new?
Inclusion and Innovation: Worldwide spectrum experts to gather at DSA Global Summit 2022
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has today announced the first speakers for its 10th annual Global Summit. Focusing on the use-cases and impacts of spectrum sharing success over the last year, the 2022 Global Summit returns to an in-person format, taking place in Paris from 12-14 September 2022. Building upon the work of previous summits, the 2022 Global Summit welcomes regulators, policymakers, industry stakeholders, academia and civil organizations from across the globe to discuss the spectrum sharing methods and models set to empower next-generation technologies like Wi-Fi 7 as the benefits of dynamic spectrum access become increasingly evident. 

Chilean spectrum decision delights GSMA but distresses DSA
A lively debate has opened up over Chilean regulator Subtel’s decision to reduce the amount of spectrum it had originally earmarked for Wi-Fi, delighting mobile industry group the GSMA but upsetting Wi-Fi proponents like the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), which promotes and showcases the value of spectrum sharing. 

Anatel workshop on Wi-Fi 6: business possibilities and technological solutions
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest standard for wireless connections, also known as 802.11ax. The protocol evolves from previous specifications, allowing for superior speeds, scale and flexibility, adapting to the new connectivity demand arising from the massification of the Internet of Things and data-intensive applications such as augmented/virtual realities or 4K and 8K transmissions.


Chile’s decision to remove exclusivity from unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band has multiplied the controversies on the issue
TeleSemana, 12 October 2022
The recent and sudden decision of the government of Chile, to reverse the exclusive use for unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band to share it with the licensee, generated reactions of all kinds. At this time, the members of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), along with other companies in the field, expressed their concern and urged the local government to "rectify its decision so as not to harm Chilean users and the deployments of networks and devices that are already taking place in the country." For its part, days ago, the GSMA had celebrated the news.

Discussion in the media
Europe must act now to enable Next-Generation Wi-Fi activity
IEEE Magazine, August 2022 

Across Europe, there are now 728 million active Internet users online, with more people becoming connected each day. European countries are experiencing Internet penetration rates of up to 96 percent, as connectivity becomes more integrated in daily lives. As European citizens continue to learn, work, shop and interact online, the pressure on Wi-Fi to keep up with this demand becomes greater and greater. READ MORE
Intel preparing Wi-Fi 7 launch – what it will offer
My Broadband, 2 August 2022
The Wireless Access Providers Association (Wapa) has called on the government to exempt 1,200MHz of radio frequency spectrum from licensing to unlock the benefits of the new technology in South Africa. A Wapa study in collaboration with the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) found that enabling unlicensed usage of this spectrum could unlock $57.76 billion (R956 billion) in the South African economy over the next decade. READ MORE
Inclusion and Innovation: Worldwide spectrum experts set to gather at DSA Summit 2022
TelcoProfessionals, 28 July 2022
Building upon the work of previous summits, the 2022 Global Summit welcomes regulators, policymakers, industry stakeholders, academia and civil organizations from across the globe to discuss the spectrum sharing methods and models set to empower next-generation technologies like Wi-Fi 7 as the benefits of dynamic spectrum access become increasingly evident.  READ MORE
The 6G band, a key definition for connectivity and closing the digital divide
Télam Digital, 24 July 2022
The 6 GHz band has not figured so far under the argument that ‘the higher the frequency, the more capacity but less coverage’, one of the axioms of telecommunications. In dialogue with Télam, the head of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Martha Suárez, stressed that the Wi-Fi service & improved internet within homes, ‘can coexist’ in the same 6 GHz band with satellite link services or access fixed. Suárez, by way of closing, pointed out that in the continent the countries that have already decided to use 100% of the ‘Wi-Fi 6’ band are the United States, Brazil, Chile and Peru, for which ‘the unification of a regional criterion’ is also a factor to take into account. READ MORE
DSA calls on policymakers in Kenya to allocate the entire 6 GHz bandwidth for Wi-Fi use
TechTrendsKE, 12 July 2022
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has welcomed the Kenyan government’s decision to designate the lower 6 GHz radio spectrum (5925 – 6425 MHz) for license-exempt Wi-Fi use. This is in line with the African Telecommunications Union’s July 2021 recommendation. In order for Kenya to unlock the full potential of Wi-Fi, the DSA has called on policymakers to allocate the entire 6 GHz bandwidth (5925 – 7125 MHz) for Wi-Fi use. 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:
Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force
CTU, 26 – 38 July 2022
DSA Global Summit 2022
DSA, 12 – 14 September 2022
Connected Britain*
Terrapin, 20 – 21 September 2022
RSPG Sub-group Workshop
RSPG, 20 – 21 September 2022
Anatel workshop on Wi-Fi 6
Anatel, 27 September 2022
+ISP 2022
NAISP, 28 – 30 September 2022
Americas Spectrum Management Conference
Forum Global, 11 – 12 October 2022

DigiEcom 2022
ALAI, 19 – 21 October 2022
* DSA has partnered with these events, but did not give a presentation

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, chaired by Jennifer McCarthy from Federated Wireless, 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:
June 2022  
July 2022  
August 2022  
September 2022  
The full list of filings is available on the DSA website.

Member/ Partner Updates
Automated Frequency Coordination is Ready to Launch High Power Wi-Fi 6E Globally
Federated Wireless
Five billion people access the internet globally – almost all through a wireless connection.  Relied upon by both consumers and enterprises alike, Wi-Fi has become one of the primary vehicles for delivering that connectivity. In recent years, Wi-Fi’s ubiquity has become a challenge, however.  Given that Wi-Fi devices operate in unlicensed spectrum bands, which have become increasingly congested as Wi-Fi usage has grown, regulators worldwide are working hard to make more unlicensed spectrum available.  The 6 GHz band has been chosen by countries around the world to facilitate the introduction of the latest Wi-Fi standard, known as Wi-Fi 6E, which will increase bandwidth and reduce latency in support of a wide range of consumer and enterprise use cases.  READ MORE
Federated Wireless delivers secure 5G private enterprise networks via on demand shared spectrum, Podcast
Federated Wireless
Private networks are defined as a network that is not connected to another service provider’s infrastructure. The enterprise owns the radio access network, small cells delivering connectivity, the on-prem packet core and cloud compute platform.  All can be owned operated and configured by the enterprise. An enterprise-owned private network allows for a hardening of the network to make it more secure. The data is more secure on the private network since it is not exposed to the MVNO/provider’s infrastructure. Find out why CBRS is a key component of the private 5G opportunity and, while 5G will not replace wireless, 5G has many features that provide significant advantages over wireless technology. READ MORE

Upcoming Event Partnerships

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.