& cplSiteName &

FCC Approves White Spaces Radio

Dan Jones
1/15/2014
50%
50%

The FCC has approved the use of the Carlson Wireless TV White Spaces radio, opening up the prospects for wider commercial use of the technology in the US.

Carlson Wireless Technologies Inc. revealed Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the company's RuralConnect TV white space (TVWS) radio system for use with the Spectrum Bridge TV white spaces database. It claims it will now be able to sell "the world's first affordable long-distance, non-line-of-site (NLOS) fixed wireless broadband system" using the spectrum.

The radio will broadcast on unused "white spaces" in the UHF TV band, which is 470 MHz to 698 MHz in the US. The FCC opened up the TVWS frequencies for wireless broadband use in 2010.

Carlson has been testing the TVWS radio for years. Amongst the most high-profile trials has been a school setup in Cape Town, South Africa, with Google and others. In the US, Californian ISP Cal.net has been testing White Spaces technology in Gold Country.

Why this matters
This opens the way for Cal.net and other TVWS deployments to go commercial in the US. Carlson is aiming the radio at rural deployments where it is difficult to serve communities with traditional broadband means.

Related posts:

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/15/2014 | 8:22:01 PM
Re: What do you think?
Yeah the cal.net guy said they basically had no other options than the TVWS radio for -- pretty slow -- broadband.
spc_isdnip
50%
50%
spc_isdnip,
User Rank: Lightning
1/15/2014 | 7:52:28 PM
Re: What do you think?
It's a big step forward.  TVWS will add a useful weapon to the WISPs' arsenal. The more common 5.8 GHz band doesn't penetrate foliage, but TVWS does, so this really helps with rural coverage in wooded areas.  But the number of competitors to get approved, and the prices, will really make the difference.  A nice 5.8 GHz CPE is about $100 and a sector isn't much more.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
1/15/2014 | 7:24:56 PM
What do you think?
Is TVWS ready to take off now?
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
March 22, 2018, Denver, Colorado | Denver Marriott Tech Center
March 28, 2018, Kansas City Convention Center
April 4, 2018, The Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas
April 9, 2018, Las Vegas Convention Center
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Federal Funds for Broadband? Unlikely
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/12/2018
Has Europe Switched to a Fiber Diet? Not Yet...
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 2/15/2018
Will China React to Latest US Huawei, ZTE Slapdown?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 2/16/2018
Net Neutrality: States' Rights vs. the FCC
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/13/2018
IBM, Microsoft Duke It Out Over Chief Diversity Hire
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 2/15/2018
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed