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“Dynamic Spectrum Access Is Key To Spectrum Harmonisation In A Digital Ecosystem” – Dr Moshe Masonta, CSIR - South Africa

Dr Moshe Masonta, a Principal Researcher at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), says that the answer to successful spectrum harmonisation lies in the use of dynamic spectrum access concepts.
Dr Masonta, responding to questions from Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in preparation for the Industry Forum On Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Media taking place on the 10th – 11th April 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, declared that poor spectrum coordination between neighbouring countries could lead to disastrous interference among wireless technologies. He, therefore, urges Africa’s broadcast industry to invest in the latest innovations in order to keep up in a digital environment.

Below is an excerpt of the conversation Moshe had with BMA on the forthcoming Forum where he is a featured speaker and panellist:
BMA: Why did you decide to get involved in this Industry Forum On Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Media?
Moshe: As a professional researcher in the future wireless communication technologies, I find this forum relevant to my area of research (which focuses on spectrum management solutions in the television band and for 5G/IMT-2020 systems). The forum presents an excellent platform for me to learn new techniques and developments; and also will allow me to share my ongoing research work with other stakeholders of the industry. It is also a great place to network.
BMA:  In your opinion, why is Spectrum Harmonisation so important and how should it be achieved and managed?
Moshe: Radio frequency spectrum knows no boundaries. So, lack of spectrum coordination between neighbouring countries (including regional, continental and international) can lead to harmful interference among different wireless technologies. Therefore, spectrum harmonisation is essential to allow interoperability and international roaming for similar technologies and equipment. While spectrum harmonisation is not a new concept (it has been going on for many years), advancements in technologies and the emergence of dynamic spectrum access concepts could improve how spectrum harmonisation is achieved. For example, in the television band, a regional geo-location spectrum database could be used as a tool to automate regional spectrum harmonisation.
BMA: Could you please tell us what you hope fellow participants will take away from this industry event?
Moshe: Some takeaways from the event for fellow participants would include new ways of managing spectrum, recent developments in spectrum management, progress on digital dividend usage and availability; and networking opportunity.
About Moshe Masonta: Dr Masonta is a Principal Researcher at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). There he Supports a group of Research Scientists/Engineers/Technologists and Software developers to execute their day-to-day work and helps them to grow in their careers.
His research interests are in dynamic spectrum access and management, cognitive radio systems, television white space spectrum, spectrum regulations and energy efficiency in wireless networks.
Moshe is an influential academic who holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications technology), at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Pretoria, South Africa. He received a B. Tech (Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering (2005) and a Masters in Technology degree (2008), both from TUT. He also holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering degree (2010) from Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE) de Paris, France.
Moshe Masonta will be speaking at the Industry Forum On Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Media in his capacity as the Principal Researcher at CSIR.


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