WhiteSpace Alliance Chairman to Speak at Africa Telecommunications Union

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Event Is Significant Precursor to 2019 World Radiocommunications Conference

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The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, announced that WSA Chairman, Dr. Apurva N. Mody, will be a featured speaker at the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU) meeting in Dakar, Senegal in mid-September.

Dr. Mody has been invited by Africa telecommunications regulators to present a tutorial on TV white space deployment. White space solutions are ideally suited to delivering broadband services to underserved populations in rural and remote areas, and can support a broad range of commercial, education and government applications. The technology uses available TV band spectrum to deliver fixed wireless broadband services at distances up to 30 km, and can be used in environments where wired infrastructure is too costly to deploy, or vegetation makes traditional line-of-sight wireless solutions unreliable.

Dr. Mody is an internationally recognized expert on spectrum sharing, dynamic spectrum access and white space communications. In addition to his Chairmanship of the WhiteSpace Alliance, he is Chairman of the IEEE 802.22 Working Group on Wireless Regional Area Networks, and Vice Chair of the United States National Spectrum Consortium. Dr. Mody will present an overview of white space technology, highlight practical considerations in implementing shared spectrum solutions, and discuss the future evolution of dynamic spectrum utilization in the white spaces.

The ATU meeting is a critical precursor to the 2019 World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC). WRC conferences are held every three to four years to review and revise the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by preparatory meetings such as the September ATU event.

WhiteSpace Alliance, developer of Wi-FAR™ and WSAConnect™ interoperability specifications, has a following of more than 200 major commercial, academic, government and regulatory organizations around the world. WSA member organizations benefit from access to technical specifications that decrease development costs; expanded access to global markets, regulators and government agencies; and ongoing marketing support at no additional cost. Consumers benefit from a multi-vendor, interoperable ecosystem that brings down the overall cost of broadband access. For more information on WhiteSpace Alliance, please visit http://www.WhiteSpaceAlliance.org

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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