UNH Broadband Center of Excellence Completes Trial of Wireless Broadband Technology Known as TV White Space

UNH Broadband Center of Excellence Completes Trial of Wireless Broadband Technology Known as TV White Space

Feb 10, 2014

UNH’s newly-created Broadband Center of Excellence (BCoE) has demonstrated that Internet data can be conveyed wirelessly at downstream rates exceeding 1 megabit per second by making use of unlicensed frequencies in spectrum bands allocated to over-the-air television signals, aka TV White Space (TVWS).  Although it remains in early stages of experimentation, TVWS technology is gaining attention as a possible solution for filling in broadband availability gaps – and in some cases, serving as an alternative to existing broadband networks.

The four-month trial, conducted as part of the Gigabit Libraries Network’s White Space Project, connected four Durham buildings through a TVWS network that supplied high-speed Internet connectivity over vacant spectrum within VHF/UHF bands reserved for over-the-air television transmission.

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