What is Broadband Spectrum?
This term refers to a range of electromagnetic frequencies – in our case VHF and UHF – that are used for electronic devices, wireless communication, and broadcast media (such as Television, Radio and cell phones). This broadband spectrum has been organized into frequency “bands” (think of the channels on TV) to eliminate “bleeding” of transmissions from one channel onto another (like the electronic “snow” you sometimes see during a TV program).
How do consumers benefit from White Spaces technology?
Higher bandwidth and/or more widely available network access, for starters. That will enable everyone to enjoy the growing number of online services in the ever-expanding technological future enabled by emerging technologies.
What agencies regulate bandwidth?
Each country has their own communications regulator that manages bandwidth use. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), administers broadband use designated for civilian and commercial users, while the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), administers broadband usage of federal organizations in America. In the United Kingdom, OFCOM is the government regulatory agency, while in Singapore, the IDA is the responsible regulatory agency.
Do White Spaces transmissions travel farther? What about indoors?
Traditional Wi-Fi signals fade after about 100 meters from a base station, while those of TV White Spaces can have outdoor ranges measured in kilometers. Indoors, White Spaces WiFi achieved approximately four times the range of a 2.4 GHz standard WiFi channel with the same transmission power and receiver sensitivity (think home network here), with less noise and better propagation through walls and obstructions.
What are permissible channels of operation?
Permissible channels of operation are available channels of operation for users that do not interfere with the operation of other protected TV broadband operators, as determined by a White Spaces TV bands database in accordance with interference avoidance mechanisms.