First white space radio communication device approved three years after white space spectrum was allocated

Three years after broadcast television had to switch to digital over the air transmission, there has finally been the first approval of a white space communication device

The Agility White Space Radio system from Koos Technical Services, which is targeted towards broadband service providers or industrial customers. Capable of handling IP-based traffic at data rates that range from 1.5 to 3.1 megabytes per second, the new radio is limited to fixed-point installations and has approval for operation only in Wilmington, North Carolina, but nationwide expansion is expected.

Ars Technica – In 2007, the White Spaces Coalition promised download speeds of up to 80Mbps to our homes using the white spaces in the analog TV spectrum. They also expect 400 to 800 Mbps for white space short-range networking.

The white space technology is still capable of theoretically delivering on those promises if the regulators would allow them to operate in that mode.

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