Fall 2016 Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit


The inaugural Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit was held in March of 2016. Their speakers represented key stakeholders from today’s most established and innovative organizations, leading-edge startups and the investment community. All were senior industry leaders redefining the future of broadband networking and applications. The Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit was designed as a wireless industry business summit for stakeholders in the New Spectrum Economy: enabling technology, business models and policy framework to foster dynamic, secure and efficient allocation and utilization of wireless spectrum.

This was the inaugural summit's website. Content is from the site's 2016 archived pages and other outside sources.

Their current website for the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is: http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/


Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit
March 21 – 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Speaking at Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit offers the new opportunity for thought leadership in front of key audience segments focused on spectrum allocation, utilization and innovation.

Wireless Spectrum is increasingly seen by all stakeholders as the vital platform for innovation in the mobile internet and application economy. It is for this reason why we are partnering with Penton and the IWCE. IWCE is the leading event for communications technology professionals, bringing everything you need all together in one place.

We offer a variety of speaking formats from standalone presentations to fireside chats to panels, in both general and track sessions. The vast majority of our sessions are moderated track panels. Our in-house team has deep industry experience and we develop our agenda with input and expertise from speakers, advisors and industry leaders.

If you’d like to be considered for a speaking role at Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit please complete contact us below. We evaluate each speaking request carefully and make selections on a rolling basis as we plan our agenda. Although there is no formal deadline for speaking requests, we recommend submitting them as early as possible.

Timothy Downs
Event Director
T: 949-235-8985



"As a consultant to businesses involved in digital marketing, I was duly impressed with the technical presentations at this summit. I work with online stores selling everything from cleaning supplies to shirts for fans of Batman, and every one of my clients are participants who have a stake in the success of the spectrum. Batman would be proud of the incredible progress made in recent years that enable his spinoff products to be quickly promoted, displayed, viewed, purchased, and shipped with ease across borders. The technology that makes this all happen so seamlessly is what this summit is all about. The Bat Signal is up and the world is watching!" Jerome McNale




On March 22, individuals with a vested interest in the reliability, affordability, and innovative uses of mobile Internet connectivity, will gather at the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit + Demo at the Las Vegas Convention Center to discuss new models for spectrum utilization.
The event will be held in conjunction with IWCE 2016, which is scheduled to take place March 21-25, 2016.

The Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit + Demo will feature new models for spectrum utilization. It will focus on business models, enabling technologies, and regulatory challenges to a more flexible spectrum ecosystem that preserves the spectrum licensing system and provides for innovative uses and utilization of spectrum for mobile communications, services, and applications.
Dr. William Chappell, Director, Micro Technology Office, DARPA will deliver the keynote presentation on "The Approaching Spectrum Demand."
The conference program will include sessions on sharing spectrum and dynamic access for mission-critical networks, alternative carriers and MVNOs, commercializing the 3.5Ghz CBRS band; and enterprise and IoT opportunities, delivered by industry leaders including:

  • Declan Ganley, CEO, Rivada Networks
  • Juan Santiago, Director of Product Management, Small Cells, Ruckus Wireless
  • Declan Byrne, Executive Director, Wimax Forum
  • Preston Marshall, Ph.D., Principal Wireless Architect, Spectrum Access Technology, Google



“It all starts with spectrum – the ‘Mother’s Milk’ of connectivity in the 21st century.” — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler


Wireless spectrum is the invisible fuel for the global digital revolution. Spectrum is a scarce commodity yet demand for it rises with the millions of additional users that join the mobile internet each year worldwide.

We know that technical innovation ensures that each generation of mobile technology treats spectrum more effectively that the technology what went before. 4G networks, for example, use spectrum three times more effectively than 3G networks; 3G networks are four times more efficient than 2G networks.

Dynamic spectrum systems represent a new technology paradigm that promises improved RF spectrum access and efficiency and refers to a set of technologies which allow wireless users to share access to spectrum. Make pans to attend the 2nd Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit, this September in Silicon Valley, California.

This event is the leading showcase of the people, platforms and technologies at work today across all industries — commercial, government, defense, academic, investment — seeking innovative methods and strategies to utilize and manage wireless spectrum.

Make plans today to participate — contact us about speaking, sponsorship and ‘gamechanging’ product demonstrations.


"The current practice of assigning fixed frequencies for various uses irrespective of actual, moment-to-moment demand is simply too inefficient to keep up with actual demand and threatens to undermine wireless reliability."

− William Chappell, Director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office



Presentation Files: Dynamic Spectrum Summit Sprint 2016 (co-located at IWCE)
Presentation File: Laboratory Experiments That Will Alter The Role Of The Semiconductor
Dr Bill Chappell, Director, Microsystems Technology Office, DARPA
DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
History and Opportunities of 3.5 GHz, Three Tier Spectrum
Presentation File: Dr. Preston Marshall, Principal Wireless Architect, Spectrum Access Technology, Google
Spectrum Sharing: System Lifecycle Engineering Considerations
Presentation by Eric Nelson, Chief of the RF Systems Measurement Division, The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), NTIA
Market Opportunities and Technology Ecosystem in TV White Spaces
Presentation File: Jim Carlson, Founder and CEO Carlson Wireless Technologies Inc.


Key Bridge LLC And Cognitive System Corp. To Provide 3.5 GHz Shared Spectrum Access
By Tim Downs September 6, 2016 3.5GHz Band No Comments

Key Bridge LLC and Cognitive System Corp. have teamed to provide advanced spectrum monitoring and management services in the 3.5 GHz band. In a joint proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the companies will enable seamless access to 150 MHz of shared spectrum for wireless broadband services under a new dynamic spectrum sharing initiative called Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS). Under the agreement, Cognitive Systems and Key Bridge will provide a complete, secure and neutral Environment Sensing Capability (ESC) along the East and West coast of the United States in support of FCC-certified Spectrum Access Systems. Key Bridge will also operate an open, neutral Spectrum Access System and will leverage the ESC for spectrum monitoring services.

The FCC is taking a bold leadership role in the evolution of spectrum management by creating a three-tiered CBRS in the 3.5 GHz band and going to great lengths to foster innovation in dynamic spectrum access, sharing and licensing. Incumbents presently operate radar systems in the first tier and new wireless broadband users, which are assigned to the second and third tiers, must not affect or degrade these critical life safety operations.

“The Cognitive Systems/ Key Bridge ESC Infrastructure will provide rapid transmitter detection and identification and will enable us to provide incumbent service protection and broadband coexistence capabilities in the 3.5 GHz band,” said Jesse Caulfield, Key Bridge CEO. “Cognitive Systems has created a stunningly capable platform. I am very excited to work with Cognitive in this and also in other shared spectrum bands that we administer.”

Cognitive Systems has developed core components, RF technologies, and services necessary to build and operate a secure, distributed, spectrum-sensing network. Spectrum sensing devices, based on Cognitive Systems’ commercially available platform, will be deployed and operated along the U.S. coastlines. Inside the sensor is Cognitive Systems state-of-the-art M10TM integrated chip set, which includes a high performance RF front end, a complete software defined radio, and a programmable modem. “The M10 is ideal for monitoring wireless networks to enable spectrum sharing” says Taj Manku, co-founder of Cognitive Systems Corp. “The CBRS 3.5 GHz band presents a complex spectrum sensing challenge, and our integrated system is well suited to the task.”

More information about Cognitive Systems Corp, their RF platform and cloud services can be found at http://www.cognitivesystems.com.

More information about Key Bridge LLC, including the company’s recent filings to the FCC, can be found at http://www.keybridgeglobal.com.

About Key Bridge LLC
Key Bridge is a leading developer of shared spectrum administration technologies and a U.S. Government certified operator of shared spectrum registry databases. We develop and offer low-cost, very high-performance wireless spectrum coexistence technologies, products and services. We make spectrum simple.

About Cognitive Systems Corp.
Cognitive Systems Corp. is located in Waterloo, Ontario – the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle. The company’s core skills include advanced microchip design, digital signal processing, wireless protocols, firmware, software, cryptography, and network/cloud infrastructure. While creating novel advanced silicon and software systems for the future, the Cognitive team brings a comprehensive range of skills to solve design and production challenges.


Give Spectrum Sharing a Chance
By Tim Downs September 8, 2016 Spectrum Innovation
Read Original post in Forbes
Roslyn Layton, CONTRIBUTOR

The wireless industry moved to Las Vegas this week for CTIA’s big, annual conference: Super Mobility 2016. 5G is the undisputed hot topic this year, and speakers from all corners of the wireless ecosystem are expected to share their visions – not only of what a 5G world will look like, but also how we transition from an exciting concept to making it a reality. Taking a step back, let’s consider the latter point, specifically as it relates to spectrum policy.

No matter what “G” (or wireless generation, such as 3G or 4G) we’re talking about, spectrum is the essential ingredient as it’s the invisible infrastructure that powers wireless networks. 5G will be unique in comparison to its “generational” predecessors in that it’ll be a far more diverse mix of spectrum. It’ll be licensed and unlicensed, exclusive and shared, and range from low, to medium, to high band. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved an order this summer that will open high-band spectrum for 5G, but beyond that, where will the rest come from, and will it come fast enough? If current projections by Cisco and others are any indication, the threat of a spectrum crunch looms because there currently isn’t enough spectrum in the pipeline to meet explosive consumer demand for mobile data.

Spectrum is a scarce resource that can’t be created, it can only be reallocated. As I’ve written before, the federal government manages spectrum allocation and therefore will play the key role in determining the future pace of wireless innovation as government agencies hold the lion’s share of the spectrum that is best suitable for mobile broadband. But unfortunately, the government does not use or manage its spectrum resources efficiently, and why would it with no incentive to do so. Unlike wireless companies, which invested billions of dollars to purchase exclusive rights to spectrum licenses and must innovate constantly to survive – let alone thrive – in a hyper-competitive industry, these government agencies were simply given spectrum and are immune to market forces.

Our country’s continued status as the global wireless leader rests of effective optimization of spectrum, so we must consider reforms that allow it to flow from inefficient to efficient users – namely from the government to the private sector.

One reform that deserves a closer look is spectrum sharing. The concept made waves a few years ago when it was recommended in a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). While government-private sector spectrum sharing sounds interesting in theory, the concept needs to be put to a real-world test with a good use case to show that it can indeed work. Part of the problem up to this point is that government agencies have been reluctant to give up – let alone share – their spectrum. Sharing could potentially alleviate those concerns by showing government users that they can continue to operate and support innovation in the mobile industry. The FCC is considering an innovative — and very low risk — proposal to put sharing to the test.

The proposal comes from Ligado Networks, which is a Reston, Virginia-based network service operator. The company is interested in 5 MHz of mid-band spectrum in the 1675-1680 MHz band that is currently used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and wants the FCC to move forward with a formal process that could ultimately reallocate and auction that spectrum for shared use.

Broadly speaking, this proposal has the support of the wireless industry, Congress, and the Administration. NOAA and the weather community, however, are concerned about potential interference issues. Ligado’s willingness to proactively address those concerns and work with all current users of the spectrum on a sharing solution that relies on the best and most innovative modern technology makes it seem that with the right levels of cooperation sharing can work. The right path forward protects NOAA’s operations and allows Ligado to help advance the transition to 5G: a win-win.

What’s next? That’s for the FCC to decide, but a notice of proposed rulemaking would be an important step in the right direction to ask questions and gather additional data from all impacted parties. It wouldn’t mark the end of the road but would start to iron out important logistical and technical details of how Ligado and NOAA could share spectrum.

Spectrum sharing is an innovative approach, and we should give it a chance to work. If the success story of the wireless industry to this point is any indication – marked by millions of jobs, billions of dollars in annual economic activity, as well as the creation and rebirth of many industries – it’ll be well worth our while. And it will also bring about a more efficient government. Who can complain about that?



Dynamic Spectrum Alliance 2016 Global Summit “Best Two Days of Information Sharing About Dynamic Spectrum Access Issues”, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL)
By Business Wire       
April 29, 2016
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit 2016 concluded yesterday with a final excellent day of sessions. Representatives from 21 countries around the world came together in Bogota, Colombia to learn and exchange knowledge about best spectrum sharing policies and practices. The Global Summit has created an enormous impact on spectrum regulatory thinking in the Americas and around the world.

This was the first time 17 international regulators including, the Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), Brazil; Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico; Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Costa Rica; Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), Botswana; Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), Colombia; Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones de Chile (SUBTEL), Chile; and the Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL), Dominican Republic attended the DSA Global Summit. They were joined by executives from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Microsoft, Broadcom Limited, and Google amongst many others.

“The Global Summit has presented a lot of opportunities for the regulators,” commented Glenn Fallas, General Director, Quality of Service and Spectrum Department, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Costa Rica. “We would like to thank DSA for holding the Summit in the Americas. We have had the chance to dig further into the issues around spectrum management and have gained a deeper understanding of spectrum standards and how to implement these in our country. This has been the best two days of information sharing about dynamic spectrum access issues.”

Attendees of the event expressed their appreciation for the deep discussions generated from the high quality of presentations throughout the conference; in particular, those sessions that focused on Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), TVWS technology advances, real use-case studies using shared spectrum from Botswana to Mexico, and the need for increased spectrum sharing in the 5GHz bands to accommodate new technologies like 802.11ac.

“Our aim at DSA is to work with regulators and key stakeholders from around the world to balance exclusive utilization of spectrum with more sharing where needed; to balance more licensed regulation with unlicensed regulation; and to balance more static spectrum allocation with dynamic allocation,” commented H Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. “The Global Summit in Bogota, Colombia has been a true success in promoting this vision across the Americas and around the world, and all the regulators in attendance agreed to take away this key message of the DSA.”

Many regulators have asked the Alliance for tool kits and assistance in how they can implement the spectrum sharing best practices discussed during the Global Summit in their own countries across the Americas.

Oscar Leon Suarez, Executive Secretary, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission, CITEL, of the Organization of American States, OAS gave the final keynote address in which he expressed that events such as the Global Summit were essential to connect the next four billion unconnected and to spread the necessary knowledge about spectrum sharing in the Americas and around the world.

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is looking to host the 2017 Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa and partner with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).