white spaces

Google, Carlson launch white space trial in South Africa

US white space specialist Carlson Wireless has teamed up with Google to launch the first wireless broadband trial using TV white space in South Africa. The test case will focus on offering wireless connectivity to ten schools across the Cape Town area in an attempt to show that broadband can be offered over white spaces without interfering with licensed spectrum holders.

Microsoft leads consortium on using TV ‘white spaces’ for Wi-Fi

A consortium of companies led by Microsoft and including Nokia, the BBC, BSkyB and Samsung, has begun a test program in Cambridge, England to discover if un-required TV spectrum could be reused to create so called “super Wi-Fi hotspots.” These would provide internet coverage to provide offload for areas where there is too much data traffic, or for those where there is no broadband at all.

FCC moves to open up ‘white spaces

US regulator the FCC has taken the first steps to opening up the vacant airwaves between TV channels, so called ‘white spaces’. This is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted this week resolves numerous legal and technical issues, eliminating the requirement that TV bands devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations.

UK looking at white space broadband

UK communications regulator Ofcom is taking a lead from the US and examining the potential of rolling out wireless broadband technology into the unoccupied radio waves used as buffers between TV channels – the so called “white spaces”.

Dolly loses white spaces battle

Country and western singer Dolly Parton has lost her battle to keep internet service providers out of the spectrum used to buffer commercial TV and radio transmissions – the so called ‘white spaces’. On Tuesday, US communications regulator the FCC published rules allowing “sophisticated wireless devices” to operate in broadcast TV spectrum on an unlicensed […]

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