WhiteSpace Alliance® Promotes Balanced Approach to Spectrum Allocation at the ITU Regulatory Symposium in Bahrain

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Finding a Balance Between Exclusive Licensed and Shared Unlicensed Spectrum Use is Essential to Achieve Maximum Economic Benefit

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The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, today announced that Peter Flynn, External Affairs Director of the WhiteSpace Alliance, proposed a balanced approach to spectrum allocation at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Global Regulatory Symposium in Manama, Bahrain on 2 June, 2014.

The Symposium is an annual event that provides national telecommunications regulators a forum to address evolution of regulatory policies in light of ongoing developments in digital communications technology. This year’s workshop explored how underutilized TV band spectrum (“whitespace”) can be used to provide low cost broadband Internet access to unserved and underserved populations, particularly in rural and remote areas.

Peter Flynn, Business Development Manager, Texas Instruments, and Jim Beveridge, Senior Director, International Technology Policy, Microsoft, speaking respectively on behalf of the White Space Alliance (WSA) and Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) stressed the need for near term policy decisions to enable rapid deployment of shared spectrum solutions to meet the immediate demands in the market place, noting that several relevant standards have been or are being developed by the IEEE and that second generation White Space equipment is now becoming available.

Mr. Flynn further described how advances in technical standards for local Wi-Fi™ and regional Wi-Far™ networks enable efficient sharing of licensed and unlicensed spectrum. He indicated that using spectrum dynamically provides a balanced approach to allocating spectrum and results in cost benefits, a position supported by multiple participants at the Symposium. Policies advancing shared access to underutilized spectrum can deliver broadband services to new users while protecting incumbent licensees, bridging the Digital Divide.

For more information on the ITU Global Regulatory Symposium in Bahrain, go to: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/GSR/Pages/GSR2014/default.aspx

About WhiteSpace Alliance

The mission of the Whitespace Alliance (http://www.whitespacealliance.org/) is to promote the development, deployment and use of standards-based products and services as a means of providing broadband capabilities via WhiteSpace spectrum. By promoting the use of standards, the Alliance will enable companies to provide broadband connectivity at reasonable cost. The WSA will also act as an enabler of the emerging white spaces ecosystem by helping to put in place interoperability, conformance, and compliance testing to make sure that our member stakeholders get the needed information & collaborations to succeed both in the market place and with regulatory requirements. Interoperability specifications will allow multiple vendors to enter the market and help to reduce the costs for the consumers. WhiteSpace Alliance promotes the use of IEEE, 3GPP and IETF Standards for use in the WhiteSpaces.

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