Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit

Accra, Ghana

May 13-14, 2014

Labadi Beach Hotel



Forward-thinking regulators, leading academics, cutting-edge technologists and pioneering businesspeople spoke at the second annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit about the incredible future offered by new dynamic spectrum access technologies.

The latest pilots and studies show how innovative technology and great regulation are turning spectrum scarcity into spectrum abundance, increasing available bandwidth and reducing costs for consumers.

Experts with first-hand experience demonstrated how dynamic spectrum access can help governments, businesses, and communities deliver affordable access in the busiest cities and in the most remote countryside.

Sessions covered the latest technical advances, regulatory initiatives and strategies for ushering in the next leap forward in connectivity – from connecting the next four billion people to connecting the Internet of Things.

We heard from key global players on the dawning of spectrum abundance that will make practical the internet of things, smart cities and much more.

Event Highlights



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





Press Coverage


19 May, 2014 | Many Possibilities

Dynamic spectrum in Africa

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15 May, 2014 | The Ghanian Times

ICT Global Summit underway in Accra

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15 May, 2014 | The Daily Dispatch Ghana

Ghana Hosts DSA Summit

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15 May, 2014 | Larkhill Consultancy

DSA Global Summit shows African appetite for broadband

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14 May, 2014 | Ghana Web

Ghana hosts Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Summit

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13 May, 2014 | Fierce Wireless

Microsoft and its partners announce new affordable access projects on four continents

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12 May, 2014 | Modern Ghana

National Communications Authority Of Ghana Supports DSA

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6 March, 2014 | Africa Business

- Wireless Spectrum Debate Heads to Africa for Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit

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6 March, 2014 | Ghana Politics

Ghana Politics, 6 March - Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Heads To West Africa, Ghana

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Conference Agenda

Monday, May 12

Evening Welcome Reception

Day 1 | Tuesday, May 13

Registration and Refreshments

Welcome Remarks and Opening Keynote Sessions


From Experimentation to Commercialization: An Overview of Standardization and Product Development Efforts

Panelists will introduce some of the first certified and commercially available radios leveraging dynamics spectrum access technologies, discuss early efforts to develop standardized devices, and investigate what future innovations could mean for consumers in terms of the speed, bandwidth, and the cost of broadband connectivity.

Speakers

EJ Chiang, Director of Business Development, MediaTek
Shih Mo, Chief Executive Officer, Aviacomm
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Haiyun Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Adaptrum
Robert Wu, Chief Executive Officer, 6Harmonics
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Jim Forster, Board of Directors, Range Networks
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Laurent Novel, Business Development Manager, ATDI SA
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Moderator
Alan Norman, Access Principal, Google

Coffee/Tea Break

Making Broadband More Ubiquitous and More Affordable: Increasing Digital and Social Inclusion

One of the key applications for TV white space and other forms of Dynamic Spectrum Access technology is providing more affordable wireless broadband to underserved, rural, and under-privileged communities. TV White Space deployments are demonstrating the potential of this technology to bridge the digital divide and provide affordable access to the Internet. Drawing from worldwide deployment experiences this panel will provide testimony on how the technology has worked, how it has impacted people's lives, business models that these technologies could enable, and what needs to be done to ensure that such efforts can be scaled to serve billions of people yet to be connected.

Speakers

John Sarpong, SpectraLink Wireless
Paul Rowney, MyDigitalBridge
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Malcolm Brew, Mawingu Networks
Jonathan Pinifolo, Deputy Director of Spectrum Management, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)
Don Means, Coordinator, Gigabit Libraries Network
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Arno Hart, TVWS Program Manager, TENET
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German Capdehourat, Plan Ceibal
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Moderator
Paul Garnett, Technology Policy, Microsoft

Lunch

Plenary Session: A Discussion with the Regulators

In the last two years, we have seen significant regulatory developments in countries as diverse as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Singapore. More recently, we are seeing a growing list of governments support commercial pilot projects leveraging the TV white spaces. Hear from some of the most innovative regulators in the world, who are developing and implementing the first TV white space regulations leveraging dynamic spectrum access technologies and techniques and how these early efforts can serve as a the model for other regulators worldwide.

Speakers

Henry Kanor, Director of Engineering, National Communications Authority of Ghana
Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director, Philippine Department of Science and Technology, ICT Office
William Stucke, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
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Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Openmedia Communications Ltd & Vice Chairman of the National Broadband Council – Nigeria
Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum Policy, Ofcom


Moderator
H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Coffee/Tea Break

Recap & Adjourn

H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance


  • Keynote from the Republic of the Philippines to Ghana

    Bettina Quimson, Deputy Executive Director for the Department of Science and Technology, Republic of the Philippines

Dinner at La Palm Hotel

Day 2 | Wednesday, May 14

Morning Session


How Can Regulation Accommodate Future Innovations?

If past is prologue, the world’s demand for wireless devices and bandwidth will continue to grow unabated. And the range of applications using wireless connections is ever expanding. What will connectivity look like in five, ten, even fifteen years from now? What wireless technologies and spectrum sharing techniques could address all of this growing demand? What sorts of regulations will need to be in place to accommodate future demands? This esteemed group of panelists will help address these questions and more.

Speakers
Shaddi Hasan, PhD student, Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions, UC Berkeley
Richard Thanki, PhD student, University of Southampton
Dorothy K. Gordon, Director-General of the Advanced Information Technology Institute, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT
Peter Lyons, Senior Director of Spectrum Policy, Middle East and Africa, GSMA
Cristian Gomez, Spectrum Regulation and Policy Officer, Radio Communication Bureau, International Telecommunications Union

Moderator
Steve Song, Wireless Spectrum Research Associate, Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)

Coffee/Tea Break

Smarter Cities: Reports from Pilot Projects and Network Deployments in Dar es Salaam, Glasgow, Kampala, London and Singapore

While the unserved and underserved will certainly benefit from spectrum sharing technologies and techniques, some of the biggest cities are starting to see the benefits of using wireless and other broadband technologies to more efficiently deliver government services and improve quality of life for citizens. One major application for Dynamic Spectrum Access techniques is enabling the evolving ‘Internet of Things’, 10s of billions on new connections most of which will be wireless, using different frequencies and technologies. Specific examples may include applications in infrastructure, environment and asset management, education and healthcare, disaster prevention and relief, power and water conservation. At the same time, enhanced hotspot, data offload, and in-building media distribution also are use cases better enabled with spectrum sharing technologies. All of these could contribute to a smarter, safer, and greener environment for citizens in countries big and small. Panelists will discuss how these applications are being enabled in pilot projects and deployments in their cities.

Speakers

Andrew Stirling, Managing Director, Larkhill Consultancy Ltd
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Ken Spann, CEO, WaveTek Nigeria Ltd
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Jeffrey Yan, Director of Technology Policy, Asia Pacific, Microsoft
Martyn Lee, Senior Technologist, British Sky Broadcasting Ltd.
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Moderator
Kai Wulff, Access Director, Google

Lunch

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 panellists 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.

Speakers

Antonio Garcia Zaballos, Lead Specialist Telecommunications, Inter-American Development Bank
Vince Molinari, Chief Executive Officer, Gate Global Impact
Eric Wilson, Head, Business Development, Impact Broadband Limited
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Tim McNeill, Private Sector Development Advisor, Department for International Development, Southern Africa


Moderator
Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corp.

Coffee/Tea Break

Seminar on Technical Findings from Trials and Pilots

Field trials leveraging prototype and production TV white space and other software defined radios have demonstrated the technical feasibility of enabling opportunistic access to unused radio frequencies. Trial results have, in turn, given regulators the confidence they need to move forward with enabling license-exempt access to TV white spaces and other unassigned frequencies. Panelists involved in trials in locations as varied as Malawi, Scotland, South Africa, Singapore, the United States, and England will discuss key findings from trial reports, including some positive and negative surprises, and how these can be reflected in regulation. Panelists will also discuss opportunities for further work.

Speakers

Charles Acheampong, Asst. Manager National Communications Authority of Ghana
Jonathan Pinifolo, Deputy Director of Spectrum Management, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)
Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, Competency Area Manager, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
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Andrew Stirling, Microsoft
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Heikki Kokkinen, CEO, Fairspectrum
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Moderator
Ranveer Chandra, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
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Closing Remarks

  • National Communications Authority of Ghana

    Albert Enninful, Deputy Director General, National Communications Authority of Ghana

  • Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

    H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Sponsors & Co-Host

Co-Host

NCA

Sponsors

Google
MediaTek
Microsoft

Click here for information on last year’s Global Summit that took place 18 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.