Most of the spectrum sharing to date has focused on TV white spaces, and extending it to the IMT bands, those used for mobile broadband, and hence being able to reach users' handsets, is a major advance in the advocacy work that Colnodo has been leading in Colombia for this to happen.
In March 2020, the Communications Authority of Kenya invited comments on the Draft Dynamic Spectrum Access Framework for Authorisation of the Use of TV White Spaces. Five civil society organisations presented their comments with the common objective to help create a quality and affordable telecommunications service to all Kenyans, especially those in rural and underserved areas.
Zenzeleni Networks and APC jointly submitted a response to the call for comments on the Licensing Process for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Spectrum made by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).
Changes in access policy and regulation are required, in particular with regard to the management of radio spectrum, which is still largely rooted in 20th century analogue paradigms. This report is intended as a resource for regulators and policy makers tasked with addressing affordable access.
This pilot project involves mounting a mobile telephone network in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca. We spoke with Colnodo director Julián Casasbuenas about the use of spectrum in Colombia and how important it is for the communities involved to be able to use it directly.
APC joined Rhizomatica, Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa, the AfChix Uganda chapter, BOSCO Uganda and the Internet Society to submit comments to a public consultation on the licensing framework for the telecommunications sector in Uganda.
APCNews speaks with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta about the necessity of more efficient and equitable spectrum regulation, including human rights organisations in ICT policy discussions and giving indigenous communities and women a greater voice in the spectrum debate.
During a conversation with APCNews, Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song explain how the spectrum works, explore the history of its regulation and share their cautious optimism about a “significant uptick in the growth and sustainability of community networks.”
Internet access specialist Mike Jensen elaborates on the need for “more tools in the spectrum briefcase”, the challenges of changing restrictive regulation and the other key factors to developing connectivity beyond access to spectrum.
Peter Bloom highlights trends in spectrum regulation, the importance of empowering communities to govern their own telecommunications, and the need to see spectrum as “a potential to communicate over the airwaves” rather than a commodity to be owned.