Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit

Manila, Philippines

May 6-8, 2015

Making dynamic spectrum access increasingly real in 2015! Summit aims to drive regulations forward to build on global successes already achieved as regulators across the world explore different ways to efficiently use spectrum

As dynamic spectrum access comes of age, the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance held its third annual Global Summit in Manila, Philippines on May 6-8. 2015’s Summit took place in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, where a significant proportion of the world’s unconnected are located, encapsulating countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia. With an emphasis on the exploration of dynamic spectrum access technologies, business models and regulations, the Summit brought together experts with first-hand experience to discuss, debate, and demonstrate how dynamic spectrum access technologies can help governments, businesses, and communities reduce the cost of wireless bandwidth and deliver affordable broadband access in the busiest cities and most remote regions. The Summit placed a spotlight on the work that is already underway in Asia and elsewhere, and incorporated updates from Dynamic Spectrum Alliance members, including MediaTek, NICT, Broadcom, TENET, SpectraLink Wireless, Facebook and more.

Sessions covered the latest technical advances, regulatory initiatives and strategies for ushering in the next-generation of connectivity – from connecting the next 3-4 billion people to enabling the Internet of Things. New to 2015, the agenda included a TV White Space Introduction & Model Rules and Regulations session. Attendees had the unique opportunity to meet and network with key leaders within the dynamic spectrum access and TVWS ecosystem.

Event Recap & Highlights

Read an Event Wrap Up from DSA member Steve Song of the Network Startup Resource Center

In the Press

May 7, 2015 | DSA head pushes case for unlicensed spectrum to connect next 4 billion

Dynamic spectrum access (DSA) is an approach to allow secondary users to access the many spectrum holes or whitespaces in licensed spectrum bands. The alliance claims the technology now enables radios to safely share multiple bands without interfering with legacy and other protected wireless systems.

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May 8, 2015 | Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit Drives Dynamic Spectrum Access Forward

Speaking at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit in Manila (6-8 May), Prof. Nwana emphasized that many regulators around the globe are already taking action, however he hopes others will rapidly follow suit.

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May 9, 2015 | Future of broadband wireless access discussed in DSA Global Summit in Philippines

The DSA Global Summit gathered industry experts to discuss, debate, and demonstrate the impact of Dynamic Spectrum in various aspects within the context of a social and business economy.

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May 11, 2015 | DITU urges Asia to reduce digital divide

The Asia-Pacific region has high cellular penetration yet fairly low internet uptake, an issue which needs to be addressed by governments as well as the private sector, according to Christian Gomez, the ITU’s spectrum regulation and policy officer.

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DSA 2015 Global Summit

Agenda

Day 1 | Wednesday, May 6th

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Arrival and Private Meetings

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Evening Welcome Reception (Sponsored by the DSA)

Day 2 | Thursday, May 7th

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration and Refreshments

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks and Opening Keynote Sessions

Welcome from the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Paul Garnett, Chairman of the Board of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft [Download Now]

Keynote Speech from the Department of Science and Technology

Honorable Mario G. Montejo, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology

Keynote Speech from the DSA

H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance [Download Now]

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Dynamic Spectrum Access & TV White Spaces: A Condensed Introduction

Participants will be given a condensed overview of Dynamic Spectrum Access, TV White Spaces, network design, equipment, spectrum mapping, measurements methods and spectrum database systems, application examples of the usefulness of TVWS networks and some case studies (many of them that can be found here on our DSA TVWS Pilots Project web page).

Speakers

Arno Hart, TVWS Program Manager, Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) [Download Now]
Martyn Lee, Senior Technologist, British Sky Broadcasting Ltd, United Kingdom [Download Now]
Liew Wong Huat, Manager, StarHub
Steve Song, Wireless Spectrum Research Associate, and Jon Brewer, Network Engineer and Trainer, Network Start-up Resource Centre (NSRC) [Download Now]
H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The State-of-the-Art in Dynamic Spectrum Access Hardware Technologies in 2015 and Beyond

Companies at the cutting edge of technology development will discuss their product roadmaps for certified and standardized radios leveraging dynamic access technologies, TVWS technologies, etc. Participants will get an overview of the standards and technology commercialization picture of dynamic access technologies. The moderator would provide this overview to kick-off the session.

Panelists

Paul Lin, Deputy GM, Wireless Connectivity & Networking BU, MediaTek, Taiwan
Kentaro Ishizu, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) & Kyoto University, Japan [Download Now]
Shih Mo, Chief Executive Officer, Aviacomm, USA [Download Now] [Video]
Haiyun Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Adaptrum, USA
Bulent Celebi, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, AirTies
Peter Sun, VP Products, 6Harmonics, Canada
James Carlson, Chief Executive Officer, Carlson Wireless, USA [Download Now]
Moderator
Steve Song, Wireless Spectrum Research Associate, Network Start-up Resource Centre (NSRC)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

The State-of-the-Art in Dynamic Spectrum Access Database Technologies in 2015 and Beyond

A continuation of the preceding panel, this session is a discussion with database providers.

Panelists

Yahya Khaled, Senior RF Engineer, ATDI, Australia [Download Now]
Heikki Kokkinen, CEO, Fairspectrum, Finland [Download Now]
Peter Stanforth, CTO and Co-Founder, Spectrum Bridge, USA [Download Now]
Dr. Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, Manager, Networks and Media, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa [Download Now]
Moderator
Steve Song, Wireless Spectrum Research Associate, Network Start-up Resource Centre (NSRC)

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Introduction to Dynamic Spectrum Access Model Rules and Rulemaking (moving from regulatory rules, technologies, policies, and funding to scalable end-to-end deployments)

Participants will be introduced to regulatory and policy rule making and the case for globally scalable model rules enabling a TV white spaces ecosystem and other forms of Dynamic Spectrum Access. This session will map out a representative end-to-end regulatory implementation, how it all comes together and all its stakeholders: policy makers and/or regulators, industry, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, and others. 2015 is also a critical year for Dynamic Spectrum Access, TVWS, Digital Switchover (DSO) and WRC. Participants will be provided some viewpoints on next steps to make dynamic spectrum access more a reality over the next few years given that all the key elements are coming into place: technologies, standards, model rules, implementation of regulations in some countries. More TVWS and bigger DSA deployments, engagement of the ITU and release of TV spectrum through Digital Switch Overs (DSO) would be other key recommendations.

Panelists

Andrew Stirling, Independent Platform and Spectrum Regulatory Consultant, Larkhill Consultancy Limited [Download Now]
Arno Hart, TVWS Program Manager, Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET)
Dr. Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, Manager, Networks and Media, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Lloyd Momba, Director of Telecommunication, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Malawi
Moderator
Aparna Sridhar, Co-Chair of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Regulatory Affairs Working Group, Google, USA [Download Now]

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Affordable Access & Smart Financing

Access to capital remains one of the greatest barriers to commercially sustainable investments in new technologies, especially in emerging markets. This challenge would certainly be true for companies looking to deploy cutting edge dynamic spectrum access technologies. This group of distinguished panelists representing regional and global economic development institutions will discuss various investment vehicles available for small and established companies ranging from grants to loans to equity to crowd-sourced investment.

Panelists

Tracey Webb, Managing Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Rob Henley, Partner, Prescient
Sibesh Bhattacharya, ICT Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Antonio García Zaballos, Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank [Video]
Moderator
Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corp.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Keynotes, Recap & Adjourn

 

Keynote from Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia

Bu Woro Indah Widiastuti, Senior Technology Advisory of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) [Download Now]

Keynote from National Communication Authority of Ghana

Henry Kanor, Director of Engineering, National Communication Authority (NCA) [Download Now]

Recap of The Day

H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance [Download Now]

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Conference Dinner

Day 3 | Friday, May 8th

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM

Morning Refreshments

8:20 AM – 9:45 AM

Morning Session

Brief Remarks on Last Morning of Summit

H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance [Download Now]

Keynote Speech from Ofcom

Rachel Clark, Director of Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, United Kingdom [Download Now]

Keynote Speech from the Federal Communication Commission

Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communication Commission (FCC), USA [Download Now]

Keynote Speech from the ITU

Cristian Gomez, Spectrum Regulation and Policy Officer, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) [Download Now]

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Plenary Session: A Discussion with the Regulators

In the last three years, we have seen significant regulatory developments in countries as diverse as the Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Philippines and Singapore. Likewise, the ITU Radiocommunications and Development sectors have been gathering and developing technical, regulatory, and socio-economic best practices from across the globe.

Panelists

Tebogo Ketshabile, Senior Engineer, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) [Download Now]
Edgardo R. Cabarios, Director, Regulation Branch, National Telecommunications Commission, Republic of Philippines
Rachel Clark, Director of Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, United Kingdom
Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communication Commission (FCC), USA
Lloyd Momba, Director of Telecommunication, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Malawi
Bu Woro Indah Widiastuti, Senior Technology Advisory to the Minister for Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesia
Henry Foo, Assistant Director, Infocomm Development Authority, Singapore [Download Now]
Henry Kanor, Director of Engineering, National Communication Authority (NCA), Ghana
Moderator
H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel on Innovative Spectrum Use Cases (Smart Cities, Transport, Food Security, Utilities, Government, Agriculture, Disaster Response)

Dynamic spectrum access is extremely welcoming of new and innovative Spectrum Use Cases that also need to make use of limited spectrum resources. These include Smart Cities, the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Vehicle to Vehicle Communications. These new use cases also demand alternative licensing and regulatory models which new dynamic spectrum access approaches would address.

Panelists

Chris Weasler, Global Head of Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Planning, Facebook, USA
Tad Deriso, President & CEO, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, USA
Dr. Oh Ser Wah, Department Head, TV White Spaces Department, Institute for Infocomm Research
Dr. Chomora Mikeka, University of Malawi
Shi-Chung Chang, Professor of EE department, National Taiwan University (NTU)
Leonid Edelman, Director of Strategic Engineering Partnerships, Topcon Positioning Systems
Dr. Haris Kremo, Researcher, Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co., Ltd.
Moderator
Jeffrey Yan, Director of Technology Policy, Asia Pacific, Microsoft [Download Now]

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

The Future of Dynamic Spectrum Access Beyond TV White Spaces

Dynamic spectrum access often today is synonymous to TV White Spaces or dynamic access in TV bands. However, this is short-sighted as it is much more that. In this session, speakers and panelists will look at what other bands are in consideration for dynamic access techniques and why and when they will happen. This session will discuss use of dynamic spectrum access technologies in technologies like WiFi and LTE and their role in 5G. Also spectrum sharing in bands such as 3.5GHz, 5GHz and 24GHz as well as licensing regimes such as licensed shared access will be discussed.

Panelists

Cristian Gomez, Spectrum Regulation and Policy Officer, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
Vijay Nagarajan, Director of Product Marketing, Broadcom, USA
Alan Norman, Access Principal, Google [Download Now]
Gary Kim, Founder, Spectrum Futures, Pacific Telecommunications Council
Moderator
Dr. Peter Lovelock, Director, TRPC

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Keynote: Accessible and Affordable Broadband using Dynamic Spectrum Access Techniques: the economic case drawing from case studies from Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia and Ghana

Richard Thanki, a PhD student at the University of Southampton, will report on some revealing modelling exercises he has been undertaking on broadband deployment projects that include TV white spaces as an ingredient, but not exclusively. [Download Now]

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Panel: Making Broadband More Accessible and More Affordable using Dynamic Spectrum Access: Case Studies in Increasing Digital and Social Inclusion in Asia, Africa, and the Americas

Dynamic spectrum access deployments are demonstrating the potential of this technology to bridge the digital divide and provide affordable access to the Internet in Asia, Africa and the Americas

Panelists

Dr Basheerhamad Shadrach, Asia Regional Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), USA
Dr. Geoffrey Seleka, Executive Director, Tecnical, Botswana Innovation Hub, Botswana
Dondi Mapa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft, Philippines/Indonesia
Mihayo Wilmore, Managing Partner, UhuruOne, Tanzania
Sean Sealey, Group COO, SpectraLink Wireless
Moderator
Paul Garnett, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

ICT Office

Honorable Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, Executive Director, Information and Communications Technology Office

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Paul Garnett, Chairman of the Board of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft
H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Sponsors & Co-Hosts

Co-Host

Platinum Sponsors

Google
mediatek
Microsoft

Gold Sponsors

Spectrum Bridge
US Aid

Silver Sponsors

MBC

Archive of past Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summits:

2014 Summit in Accra, Ghana

2013 Summit in Bangkok, Thailand