Ofcom looks into white space

November 18, 2009

The broadband regulator, Ofcom, could be looking into white space in order to find the extra capacity required to rollout wireless broadband technology.

White space is a sort of no man’s land that can be found between TV channels.

It buffers the spaces between channels but at the same time does nothing.

Ofcom feels that it could follow the lead of the US authorities and use the unoccupied white space, but there are issues with this idea.

In the US there is opposition from the entertainment industry, which claims that using the white space will interfere with the radio microphones which are used at concerts and on TV.

This is clearly a plan of last resort, and once the white space has gone, where next?


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