Tag Archives: White Space

FCC greenlights public White Space test

Yesterday the FCC gave the go ahead for the first public test of the White Space spectrum. Annoying referred to now as the Super Wifi, the test will be conducted by Spectrum Bridge, one of the nine plus one White Space database administrators.

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White Space: the thrill is gone

Stacey Higginbotham reported recently on the progress being made in the UK on getting the White Space up and running for use by mobile operators looking to spread out the impact of so many devices.

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Why the war for the White Space matters

I have been following the White Space debate for a long time (2/23/06), in large part due to the reporting of Sam Churchill at Daily Wireless. Recently the gains made in releasing the White Space for unlicensed use came under fire from industry pressure. Through legislative maneuvering, the telcos are attempting to put barriers up so that the spectrum can’t be used for its intended purpose.

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White Space IEEE 802.22

The IEEE has published a standard for the White Space spectrum to utilize the former unused space between terrestrial television bands to transmit data. There is still a White Space scare after the DC crowd monkeyed with the rules around who can use the spectrum or how its allocated. I guess for now the geeks are undeterred and pushing ahead to try and make a go of it before the politicians and lobbyist carve it up for big business.

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Dark clouds for the White Space spectrum

I guess it was good while it lasted. A new draft bill moving through congress is set to gut the power of the White Space spectrum. Buried in pages of text, Public Knowledge pulls out the offender from the bill. (PDF) In addition to removing net neutrality requirements for wireless spectrum and killing any remaining media ownership limitations on broadcasters, the bill proposes to: require prospective users of unlicensed spectrum to bid in auctions going forward.

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Microsoft leads White Space consortium in UK

Microsoft and a group of companies including BBC, BT, Nokia, Samsung and BSkyB are set to begin trails this week of the White Space spectrum for mobile broadband services in the UK. In the US the White Space has been a favorite of tech companies and the ban of existence for traditional cellular and local broadcast providers. The FCC cleared the White Space for use back in the Fall of 2010 but its been slow going getting to a consumer ready offering.

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Neul launches White Space radio system

Billing itself as the first White Space radio, Nuel announces the launch of the NuelNET white space radio system. Its been a while since the FCC ok’ed the spectrum for unlicensed use and appointed the nine White Space database administrators so its nice to see a product finally hit the market.

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A White Space phone!

WOW!!! I am going to be crushed if this is an April Fool’s joke. Microsoft and Noiki’s new partnership is going to produce a phone that uses the White Space! Daily Wireless has the scoop: “Nokia and Microsoft are expected to officially announce the new white space initiative in Brussels, Belgium, this June, where they will demonstrate phones and tablets based on the new system.

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White Space: Microsoft’s SpecNet

Daily Wireless reports that Microsoft will release a paper (PDF) next week about its SpecNet analyzer for shared White Space use. The SpecNet solution: “We demonstrate the value of SpecNet through three applications: 1) remote spectrum measurement, 2) primary transmitter coverage estimation and 3) Spectrum-Cop that quickly identifies and localizes transmitters in a frequency range and geographic region of interest.”

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Apple: MVNO 2.0 and then some

Gigaom’s Stacy Higginbotham had a great post last week based on a Bloomberg article about Apple’s new plans for a universal sim card and back end “pairing” service provided by Gemalto.

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