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 will all speak 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 will demonstrate how dynamic spectrum access can help governments, businesses, and communities deliver affordable access in the busiest cities and in the most remote countryside.

Sessions will cover 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.

Set aside space in your schedule to hear from key global players on the dawning of spectrum abundance that will make practical the internet of things, smart cities and much more.

Venue and Guest Rooms

Event Location:

Labadi Beach Hotel, No 1 La Bypass, Accra, Ghana
Hotel Info »
Attendees should NOT book guest rooms through the hotel website. Please follow the instructions below and make your reservations via email or telephone.


Guest Sleeping Rooms:

Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own guest room.
For questions or to report problems in booking a room, please contact Elizabeth Nartey at dsa@westlinktravels.com.


Labadi Beach Hotel

To make a reservation, call or email the hotel and quote the below group reservation code.
Group Reservation Code: DSA365110
Group Name: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)
Rooms are limited and below rates are not guaranteed after April 20.
Rate for Superior Rooms: Single Occupancy (US$285.00) & Double Occupancy (US$325.00)
Rate for Luxury Rooms: Single Occupancy (US$338.00) & Double Occupancy (US$378.00)
Room rate includes breakfast and taxes

Direct E-mail Address: labadi@legacyhotels.co.za
Main Hotel Line: +233 30 277 2501
Reservation Line: +233 30 277 3026


La Palm Royal Beach Hotel

To make a reservation, call or email the hotel and quote the below group reservation code.
Group Name and Reservation Code: Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)
Rooms are limited and below rates are not guaranteed after April 12.
Rate for Standard Room: $215.00 (GHS537.00)

Direct E-mail Address: lapalm@gbhghana.net or lapalmres@gbhghana.net
Contact Person for Hotel Accommodation: Ms. Naa Okaikor Okine
Reservation Line: +233 (0) 302 215111
Main Hotel Line: +233 (0) 302 215100

Travel and Visas

Please find below details of information required by visitors coming to Ghana.


Travel Documents and Visas:

A passport and visa are required. All visitors to Ghana must possess valid passports issued by their home governments, except nationals of any member country of the ECOWAS who may produce travel certificates in lieu of passports.


Event Invitation/Support Letters for Travel Visas:

For attendees requiring an invitation letter to apply for a travel visa, please provide the below information via email to Aja Murray at admin@dynamicspectrumalliance.org. A custom letter will be returned to you via email. Details required: First name, Last name, Company name, Job title, Company address, Passport Number, Passport expiration date, Passport issuing country, and Travel dates.

Consulates may also require one or two additional support letters from Ghanaian sources to process your visa request. If you require such letters, please email us at adminn@dynamicspectrumalliance.org, and we will provide you with a template letter to complete with your contract and travel details.


Immunization / Vaccination:

It is recommended to contact your health official at least 4 -6 weeks prior to travel for vaccinations. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers when entering Ghana.


Hotel / Airport Transportation:

Labadi Beach Hotel and La Palm Royal Beach Hotel offer free airport transfers. Passengers are collected inside the arrival hall. When booking your room, request the service and provide flight details.


Currency:

This is called the Ghana Cedi (GHS) which comes in denominations of GHS1, GHS5, GHS10, GHS20, and GHS50. Coins, called pesewas, come in 1p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins - GHS1 also comes in coin as well as note form.


Foreign Exchange Bureau:

Foreign currency can be freely exchanged at the airport or any forex in the country. The best exchange rates are for US Dollars, Euros and British Pounds.

Conference Agenda

Monday, May 12

Evening Welcome Reception

Day 1 | Tuesday, May 13

Registration and Refreshments

Welcome Remarks and Opening Keynote Sessions


  • Welcome from the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

    H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

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

  • Welcome from the Republic of Ghana

    Dr. Edward K. Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications for the Republic of Ghana (Invited)

  • Welcome from the Republic of the Philippines to Ghana

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

  • Keynote Speech from the Authority of Ghana

    Paarock VanPercy, Director General of the National Communications Authority of Ghana

  • Keynote Speech from the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

    H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

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
Haiyun Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Adaptrum
Robert Wu, Chief Executive Officer, 6Harmonics
Jim Forster, Board of Directors, Range Networks
Laurent Novel, Business Development Manager, ATDI SA

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
Malcolm Brew, Mawingu Networks
Jonathan Pinifolo, Deputy Director of Spectrum Management, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)
Don Means, Coordinator, Gigabit Libraries Network
Arno Hart, TVWS Program Manager, TENET
German Capdehourat, Plan Ceibal

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
Paarock VanPercy, Director General of the 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
Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of Openmedia Communications Ltd & Vice Chairman of the National Broadband Council – Nigeria
Pape Cire Cisse, Director of Radio Communications, Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post (ARTP) – Senegal (Invited)
Robert Pepper, Vice President, Cisco Systems, Inc. (Invited)

Moderator
H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Coffee/Tea Break

Seminar on Model TV White Space Regulations

Lack of regulation remains the main stumbling block to creation of a global, scale market for the first generation of wireless devices and systems using dynamic spectrum access technologies. A handful of countries either have implemented TV white space regulations or are in the process of developing them. This seminar will provide an overview of the global regulatory landscape for TV white space and other regulations enabling dynamic spectrum access regulations and will provide an overview of an effort to develop model regulations that could be adopted on a regionally harmonized basis.

Presenters
Aparna Sridhar, Co-Chair of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Regulatory Affairs Working Group (Google)
Angelo Cuffaro, Co-Chair of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Regulatory Affairs Working Group (InterDigital)

Discussants
Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, Competency Area Manager, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
William Stucke, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
Ann Gallagher, Chief, Negotiations & Treaty Compliance Branch, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Recap & Adjourn

H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Dinner at La Palm Hotel

Day 2 | Wednesday, May 14

Morning Session


  • Welcome from the DSA

    H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

  • Welcome and Keynote from Radio Communication Bureau, International Telecommunications Union

    Cristian Gomez, Spectrum Regulation and Policy Officer, Radio Communication Bureau, International Telecommunications Union

  • Keynote Speech from the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority

    Charles Nsaliwa, Director General of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)

  • Keynote Speech from the DSA

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

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, Singapore, and Dar es Salaam

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
Kai Wulff, Access Director, Google
Shiv Bakhshi, Vice President, Industrial Relations, Ericsson (Invited)
Faith Shimba, Director Knowledge Management, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) (Invited)
George Mulamula, Chief Executive Officer, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)
Andrew Stirling, Microsoft

Moderator
TBD

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
Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Invited)
Joe Duncan, Program Manager, Global Broadband & Innovations Program, USAID (Invited)
Antonio Garcia Zaballos, Lead Specialist Telecommunications, Inter-American Development Bank
Mauricio Agudelo, CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina
Vince Molinari, Chief Executive Officer, Gate Global Impact

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
Patrick Musiyapo, Spectrum Monitoring Manager, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) (Invited)
Ntsibane Ntlatlapa, Competency Area Manager, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Jim Lansford, Fellow, Global Standards, Cambridge Silicon Radio (Invited)
Augustine Nwaulune, Director, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) (Invited)
Andrew Stirling, Microsoft
Heikki Kokkinen, CEO, Fairspectrum

Moderator
Ranveer Chandra, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

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

Google
MediaTek
Microsoft

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