Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ICASA to host 2017 global spectrum summit @Cape Town

The South African communications regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has been named as the co-host for the 2017 Global Summit of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, just as the body admits 11 new members, reports ITRealms.

The board chairman, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and Director of Affordable Access at Microsoft, Mr. Paul Garnett, affirming this in a press statement made available to ITRealms.

The new 11 organisations, ITRealms gathered are from Africa, Asia, North America and Europe joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance as the fifth annual Global Summit was announced to take place in Cape Town from 9-11 May 2017.

He said that this follow-up from 2016’s successful summit in Bogota, Colombia, the conference on wireless spectrum sharing is now heading to South Africa. The announcement comes as the Alliance welcomes 11 new members from all over the world.

The 2017, he said, the summit will build on the success from 2016 and be supported by 11 new members, spanning four major continents - Africa, Asia, Europe and North America - and including public benefit companies, multinationals, research institutions, and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The new members include; Telecast Technology Corp., China; Wi-Fi Interactive Network, the Philippines; Nominet, United Kingdom; M-KOPA, Kenya; Ekovolt, Nigeria; C3 Limited, Malawi; Project Isizwe, South Africa; AirJaldi Networks, India; and Marvell Semiconductors, Axiom Technologies and the IEEE, all from the United States of America.

According to Garnett, the co-host, ICASA, will play a significant role at the Global Summit as ICASA recently published a Discussion Paper on the Framework for Dynamic and Opportunistic Spectrum Management for consultation.

This paper, industry observers said, discusses a proposal to authorize license-exempt access to unused TV channels, also known as television white spaces (TVWS).

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