OFCOM rolls out a significant white spaces trial

Posted on April 30, 2013  /  0 Comments

The pilot project being implemented by the UK regulator should yield useful learnings for all who want to make better use of spectrum.

Ofcom is inviting the industry to take part in the pilot, which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2013. Locations will be chosen once the trial participants are on-board.

It also noted that following a successful completion of the programme, “Ofcom anticipates that the technology could be fully rolled out during 2014, enabling the use of white space devices across the country”.

Issues to be explored include the interoperation of white space devices, white space databases, and the processes to mitigate against interference to current spectrum users.

Under the current plans, a white space device will not be able to start transmitting until it gets clearance from a database qualified by Ofcom and listed on a dedicated Ofcom website. This will provide updated information on where the white spaces are and the power levels available to avoid interference.

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