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White Space Wireless Broadband Trial In UK Is a Success 39

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Mark.JUK writes "A major multinational ten month long trial of new 'White Space' technology (IEEE 802.22) in the United Kingdom, which uses the spare radio spectrum that exists between Digital Terrestrial TV (DTV) channels to deliver wireless internet access services over a wide area, has officially completed today and been deemed 'successful.' The technology, if approved, could one day help to bring faster broadband services to both isolated rural and urban areas. The TV White Spaces Consortium, which comprises 17 international and UK technology and media companies (BT, Microsoft, BBC, Alcatel-Lucent etc.), has now recommended that the UK regulator, Ofcom, complete its development of the 'enabling regulatory framework' (i.e. Draft Statutory Instrument) in a 'manner that protects licensees' from 'harmful' interference and encourages innovation and deployment."
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White Space Wireless Broadband Trial In UK Is a Success

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  • by dkf (304284) <donal.k.fellows@manchester.ac.uk> on Thursday April 26, 2012 @04:25AM (#39804251) Homepage

    What if 10 years from now someone actually invent the technology that can transfer matter from one location to the next, remotely - just like "Star Trek" - but they need radio frequency to accomplish that task

    With "free" frequency all exhausted, that new invention can be put to use, can it?

    You mean they can't do things like stopping transmissions of analog TV signals to free up spectrum? Like they've just done?

    If there's a good reason to change frequency allocations, they'll be changed. As long as Ofcom (the relevant UK regulator given that this is a UK story; substitute with correct regulator in your locality as needed) remember to put things in place so that they can get the white-space frequency users out of the way of a regulated use, there'll be no significant problem. I guess that the devices in question will probably have to periodically (maybe monthly?) acquire the list of permitted frequencies for their locality somehow.

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