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More About The UK Prospects Of TV White Space Broadband

It is not surprising to find that the likes of Nokia, Microsoft, BBC and BT looking to exploit the swathes of unlicensed, free spectrum commonly known as TV white space or TVWS.

Companies can have access to up to 150MHz worth of spectrum (unused channels in the UHF TV band, between 470MHz and 790MHz) compared to 30MHz for a traditional mobile phone operator, which appears to be ideally suited for mid-range wireless solutions, covering a radius of up to 10km and data rates hovering around 16Mbps.

Neul (opens in new tab), the startup that has received the backing of the industry giants, says that its system can support up to 50 billion M2M (machine to machine) connections with each basestation supporting a staggering one million connections, making the technology perfect for high density solutions like smart meters or localised hotspots.

We're not sure whether the conspicuous lack of support from any major mobile phone operator in the UK should be viewed as proof that they're considering white-space broadband as a serious rival.

In theory, Neul's technology could be used to transmit voice as data which could seriously harm the business models of O2 and the like.

Interestingly, there's a competing group called the Wireless Broadband Alliance which aims to push for classic Wi-Fi as a complementary and alternative solution to 3G and 4G and surprisingly WBA has the backing of some of the biggest names in the Telecoms world (Orange, China Mobile, Aircel, Softbank amongst others).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.