UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is asking companies to take part in a trial of ‘white space’ wireless technology.
White space technology takes advantage of unused gaps in frequency bands, enabling wireless internet services and machine-to-machine connections to operate without interference.
Ofcom has launched a consultation about new laws that would allow ‘white space’ technology to be used the UK.
These so-called ‘white spaces’ are the unused parts of frequency bands that have been reserved for other uses, such as TV broadcasting, but could also be used for other applications such as broadband and M2M connections.
Cambridge-based technology business Neul has launched the world’s first city-wide ‘white space’ network.
White space refers to unused and underused parts of the wireless spectrum, such as spare TV channels and unlicensed radio bands.
Ofcom has published a statement on its plans to introduce so-called ‘white space’ technology in the UK. White spaces are the unused parts of frequency bands that have been reserved for other uses, such as TV transmissions.
The regulator says they could be used for a wide range of applications including rural broadband and WiFi with up to twice the range of today’s technology.
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