Wireless spectrum debate heads to Africa for Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit
Accra, Ghana, March 6, 2014 — The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) will hold the world’s largest conference on wireless spectrum sharing in Accra, Ghana on 13-14 May 2014. This comes at a time when new laws and regulations are needed in order to release spectrum for vital radio, TV, broadband and other wireless applications, including broadband access and machine-to-machine.
Leading policymakers, regulators, academics, technologists and businesspeople will gather at the second annual Global Summit to discuss the future offered by new dynamic spectrum access technologies. The summit will bring together experts with first-hand experience to demonstrate how dynamic spectrum access can help governments, businesses, and communities reduce the cost of wireless bandwidth and deliver affordable access in the busiest cities and most remote regions. 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 enabling the Internet of Things.
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organisation, advocating laws and regulations for more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation. It hopes to build on the success of its inaugural gathering last year in Bangkok.
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Chairman of the Board, Paul Garnett, Director of Technology Policy at Microsoft, said: “Wireless communications have already changed lives around the planet, yet there is so much more that can be achieved if we can find ways to use radio spectrum more efficiently. This year’s conference will include some of the world’s leading companies, as well as regulators and academics to explore the process by which new dynamic spectrum access technologies can leverage different licensing models and complementary frequencies”.
Sponsors for the summit already include Google, Microsoft and MediaTek, with leading regulators such as the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom), the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), and the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana confirmed to present.
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organisation advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organisations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike.
The DSA’s membership has grown rapidly since its formation, and with nearly 40 members from around the world, including Microsoft, Google, British Sky Broadcasting Ltd, Facebook, and InterDigital. This represents the software, hardware, networking and media sectors, as well as non-profit and public sector groups.