How to realise shared spectrum access is a hot topic at DSA Global Summit 2018

Telecom leaders looked at how to best tackle the issue at the Summit
How to realise shared spectrum access was a key topic at DSA Global Summit 2018.
How to realise shared spectrum access was a key topic at DSA Global Summit 2018.

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During a panel titled ‘Is Technology the Best Manager of Spectrum?’ representatives from Ofcom, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), DTG, European Commission, ATDI, LS Telecom and Weightless SIG discussed how the traditional model of spectrum management, based primarily around exclusive access to spectrum or static sharing arrangements, risks being both limited and wasteful. Databases with information to drive more efficient use of spectrum through understanding where and how spectrum is used were discussed to understand the challenges that governments face in utilising these new systems and spectrum management tools. This is a key message being discussed today during the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit 2018 in London.

"Spectrum sharing methods have been known for decades and regulatory bodies have professed their support for many years. Yet concepts like dynamic database access have actual use in only a handful of countries. There are various impediments often in the form of incumbents keen to maintain the status quo and risk-averse regulators. It is important to explore how we overcome these and realise the benefits that shared spectrum access clearly has to offer," said William Webb, CEO of Weightless SIG.

The Summit addressed how access to capital remains one of the greatest barriers to commercially sustainable investments in new technologies, especially in emerging markets. A panel of experts representing regional and global economic development institutions including the World Economic Forum, Prescient, Good Networks and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) discussed the various investment vehicles available for small and established companies ranging from grants, loans, equity and crowd-sourced investment.

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