Cambridge TV White Spaces Trial Summit

Post date: Apr 29, 2012 7:47:18 AM

Cambridge Wireless hosted an excellent TV White Spaces workshop in Duxford, UK on Apr 25, 2012. There were three recognizable themes in the event: to wrap up the learning of the best known White Space trials in Europe, to summarize the current state of the art of White Space around the world, and to collect the fighting spirit for the commercial breakthrough of the TV White Spaces technology.

The World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) 2012 discussed an accelerated schedule for allocation of 700 MHz band for mobile data communications in January and February 2012. It was a wake-up call for the European industries utilizing the TV UHF band: terrestrial TV broadcasting, Program Making and Special Events (PMSE) including radio microphones, and TV White Spaces. Pearse O’Donohue, Head of Radio Spectrum Policy in European Commission reminded that European Commission has not yet expressed its statement on the use of 700 MHz band, and he recommended that the current users of the 700 MHz band would join the forces to protect their interests. Following the same topic, Richard Thanki from University of Southampton emphasized that a slight increment on mobile spectrum of possible new 700 MHz band has a much smaller impact on people's lives than enabling a plethora of new services with TV White Space. These services were presented in a great overview of TV White Space potential applications by prof. William Webb from Neul.

In addition to the fantastic presentations, Cambridge TV White Spaces Trial Summit had a number of demonstrations. Without going to the details of the demonstrations, I still can feel the words of Kari Heiska, Digita: "Not so many years ago, LTE had same size of demonstration room, same number of stands, and same size of devices in the Mobile World Congress."

It is a privilege to belong to this group of people who have a clear mission to increase the efficiency of radio spectrum use, improve the communication services of the people in the world, and make those services more and more affordable by increasing competition.