Sunday, April 28, 2013

UK Plans White Space Trial

Ofcom, the official telecoms regulatory authority for the U.K.,  announced plans for a pilot of white space technology.  The study will test the inter-operation of white spaces devices, white space databases and the processes to mitigate against causing any undue interference to current spectrum users.

Specifically, Ofcom is inviting industry to take part in the pilot, which is intended to take place in the autumn. The locations for the trial will be chosen once trial participants have been identified.

Ofcom anticipates that the white space technology could be commercially rolled out during 2014, pending a successful trial this year.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “Ofcom is preparing for a future where consumers’ demand for data services will experience huge growth. This will be fuelled by smartphones, tablets and other new wireless applications. White space technology is one creative way that this demand can be met. We are aiming to facilitate this important innovation by working closely with industry.”