Ofcom runs white space trials

UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed that BT and Microsoft are among the firms that will be taking part in its white space trial, Europe’s first pilot of the wireless technology.

Over the next 6 months, so the regulator, around 20 public and private organisations will be involved in the trial, which will test a range of applications. The trial is part of Ofcom’s plan on how to manage spectrum over the next decade with the possibility of a move of DTT spectrum bands in order to release more mobile broadband spectrum.

BT and Neul, Ofcom said, would work with the Department of Transport to test how using white space for transmitting data on traffic congestion while Microsoft will be assessing how white space could provide people access to free Wifi in Glasgow. Another participant in the trial, internet service provider Click4Internet will use white spaces to test rural broadband, while a number of other firms such as Google have shown interest in testing intelligent databases to determine whether white spaces can be used without causing harmful interference between devices.

“Access to spectrum is fundamental to the future success of the UK’s digital economy, providing the infrastructure that underpins all wireless communications,. The upcoming white space pilot is a very exciting development, which has attracted an impressive line-up of participants, ranging from global tech giants to innovative UK start-ups. This is an excellent opportunity for the UK to help lead in the world of spectrum and one that could deliver huge benefits to society,” said Ed Richards, Ofcom’s chief executive.

DTG Staff  |  03.10.2013

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