U.K. Moves Closer To Liberating Its White Spaces Spectrum


The U.K. telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has officially green-lit the launch of white spaces spectrum, and suggests that commercial deployments making use of the freed-up frequencies could go live by the end of the year.

The decision follows a consultation process, and ongoing testing, over the past few years as the regulator has sought to gather data on utility and potential interference risks involved with allowing wireless device makers to share spectrum with digital terrestrial TV broadcasts and the wireless microphones used by broadcasters and at events.

The point of opening up white spaces spectrum is to maximize the utility of what is a finite resource by making use of gaps left between broadcasts when it’s possible to do so without interfering with the primary user.

Demand for spectrum generally continues to rise as more types of devices come online and are networked together. And low-frequency white spaces spectrum is especially coveted because it can travel long distances…

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