Ofcom Mulling FM Radio White Space for Rural Broadband

Telecom regulator Ofcom has announced that it is planning to include FM radio airwaves in the unlicensed usage of white space technology.

The white space technology, which holds great potential in providing cost effective broadband services in rural areas as well as in assisting in the management of wireless data demand across the urban centres, however, has been focused to a great extent only on the white spaces amongst digital television channels.

"Spectrum is a resource that is in huge demand, fuelled by the recent explosion in smart phones and other wireless technologies," Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive said in a statement, tech website Computing.co.uk reports.

"However, there is only a limited amount of it to go around, which means we need to start thinking more creatively about how it is used. White space devices could offer the creative solution we are looking for,” he added.

According to a recent study by the telecom analyst firm Plum Consulting, usage of the otherwise unused radio wave spectrum, for mobile broadband could eventually earn the European economies near about £48m over the next decade.

It also urged the government to allow the usage of this unused spectrum for the broadband services all across the country.