Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Microsoft testing white space wireless Internet in UK

updated 08:05 am EDT, Mon June 27, 2011

Microsoft exploring new mobile Internet tech

Microsoft has partnered with the BBC, BT, and British Sky Broadcasting to trial the delivery of mobile broadband Internet by utilizing empty radio spectrum normally used to deliver television signals. The so-called white space spectrum could be utilized to deliver additional mobile broadband services to supplement existing services struggling to keep pace with smartphone and tablet adoption.

Microsoft has developed the experimental technology at its Redmond headquarters, which uses the spectrum in the frequency range reserved for digital TV broadcasting. Its trial is taking place in Cambridge in the UK, which will be closely followed by UK and foreign regulators.

The aim of the current trial is to demonstrate that the use of the white space spectrum will not disrupt TV transmissions when the technologies are used simultaneously. If the trial proves successful, it could provide a source of spectrum that would otherwise lay dormant.

"Spectrum is a finite natural resource. We can't make more and we must use it efficiently and wisely," said Dan Reed, a Microsoft technology strategist. He added that, "The TV white spaces offer tremendous potential to extend the benefits of wireless connectivity to many more people, in more locations, through the creation of super [mobile Internet] networks."

A significant additional advantage of the approach is that it does not require the massive investment in building new transmission infrastructure. [via Financial Times Asia]



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News