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TTP leads rural white space broadband project

Thursday, February 28th 2013 by Paul France
Rural white space broadband project launched by TTP

A new project aims to provide fast low-cost broadband using white space technology.

Cambridge-based The Technology Partnership (TTP) is leading a new project that aims to deliver affordable high-speed broadband via white space spectrum.

More than 100MHz of prime UHF white space spectrum - the licence-exempt airwaves that exist between digital TV channels - can be found in many rural locations and it has characteristics that make it ideal for providing long-range communications services.

This spectrum can be leveraged to transfer data at high speeds over distances of many miles, making it ideal for the provision of fixed broadband in remote locations where the cost of installing copper or fibre optic cabling typically proves prohibitively expensive.

TTP is collaborating with Freescale Semiconductor on the development of low-cost base stations and terminals designed to support the final mile of broadband service delivery to homes and small businesses.

According to TTP, the solution will provide broadband via white space at speeds similar to current Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services. EE, which rolled out its 4G LTE mobile proposition last October, is currently seeing average speeds of more than 16Mbps.

Richard Walker, head of wireless for TTP, said: "Enabling communities with affordable, robust broadband service in locations where wired infrastructure is impractical or uneconomical is one of the great challenges for the telecommunications industry."

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