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EAI International Conference on ICT for Development for Africa

September 25–27, 2017 | Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Affordable Broadband in Under-Served Regions Based on Innovative Communications Paradigms and Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks

Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, 27 September 2017

Short Tile: DSA, 5G and Affordable Broadband 


The 5G ICT Eco-System that is under development in the 5GPP global standards is being criticised for being an urban standard and lacking features such as affordable broadband to support the broadband connectivity of underserved rural communities. As broadband connectivity is now closely linked to GDP growth, there is a compelling societal argument towards testing new innovative and disruptive network technologies to provide broadband internet connectivity of urban and rural communities in emerging markets. The Question is will 5G support the efforts of emerging market countries for digital inclusion and participation in the Industry 4.0 ? Dynamic spectrum access (DSA) networks are one such network technology that are being tested and expected to extend the reach of broadband and 5G standards for rural broadband connectivity. One such successful example is the Cape Town TVWS broadband network test-bed, where 10 underserved schools are connected to broadband internet using spectrum sharing TVWS network. The workshop forum will provide a platform to such demonstrations and presentation of quality papers to discuss such emerging technologies such as Spectrum sharing techniques (Licensed shared access (LSA),  Spectrum Access Systems (SAS), Opportunistic Spectrum access (OSA),…), LTE_unlicensed, and television white spaces (TVWS) that have  broadband networks trials. Furthermore, enabling and co-existence technologies such as white space spectrum databases (WSDB) that have been standardised recently with the Office of communications OFCOM UK, and the concept of white space communications networks (WSCN) which are ushered alongside these DSA network technologies will be discussed, with a view to provide insight on the co-existence issues and its impact on future wireless networks such as the emerging 5G mobile standard. The workshop will also provide a forum for quality papers on DSA and 5G followed by a panel discussion on technological and regulatory innovations to enable affordable broadband for underserved communities, in support of the ITU and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). 


The workshop solicits quality papers to discuss recent research results and regulatory/policy frameworks including emerging technology issues such as:

1. Regulatory and Policy Issues on spectrum sharing for affordable broadband, Wireless-Fiber and extending 5G for rural broadband.

2. Survey papers on 5G and emerging market contexts.

3. Spectrum for 5G & Sharing Techniques (Licensed shared access (LSA), Spectrum Access System (SAS), Cooperative Spectrum Access (CSA), Opportunistic Spectrum access (OSA)).

4. Specifications and standards for white space devices, Experimental evidence and future developments of cognitive & Software defined radios.

5. Television white spaces and TVWS Broadband Networks, Interfaces and traffic offloading for LTE/5G networks: Experimental Network trials, performance, Interference mitigation.

6. White space spectrum databases (WSDB) design and regulatory considerations, WSDBs as Co-existence tools, white space spectrum databases regulatory issues for co-existence and regional co-ordination of DSA network deployments.

7. White space communications networks (WSCN) for IoT/M2M and DSA network technologies including co-existence with emerging LTE/5G mobile networks. LTE_unlicensed and Co-existence with TVWS and WiFi networks



Lead Papers Presentation…………. 09:00-11:00 AM

Panel Discussion …………………… 11:00 – 12:30 PM




Extended Submission deadline: 28 July 2017         Camera-ready paper deadline: 25 August 2017
Notification deadline: 15 August 2017 Conference dates: 25-27 September 2017



Papers should be submitted via Confy system. Please follow instructions on initial submission and in author's kit when submitting your paper.


  • All accepted papers will be published by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries.
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Workshop Chair: Dr. F. Mekuria, CSIR, South Africa

Co-Chair: Dr. O. Holland, Research Fellow, King’s College London

Co-Chair: Dr. E. Negussie, University of Turku, Finland

Co- Chair: Prof. R. Stewart, Univ. of Strathclyde, UK

Co-Chair: Prof J. Van der Beek, Lulea University, Sweden

Co-Chair: Dr. L. Mfupe, CSIR Meraka Institute, South Africa