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White space broadband research centre opens in Scotland

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 by Paul France
White space broadband research centre opens at University of Strathclyde

A facility dedicated to researching white space broadband tech has opened at the University of Strathclyde.

A new research centre has opened at the University of Strathclyde with a view to developing products and services based on 'white space' broadband technology.

The Centre for White Space Communications has been established with initial support from the Scottish Funding Council and will work alongside big-name partners such as the BBC, BT and Microsoft.

White space technologies take advantage of the unused spectrum gaps between existing digital TV channels. By engaging with the industry, the centre hopes to extend services beyond the current spectrum bands and boost efficiency, ultimately leading to improved wireless broadband connectivity.

Five industry collaborators - BT, the BBC, Steepest Ascent, NetPropagate and Berg Design - have already demonstrated the ability of white space spectrum to extend broadband coverage in rural communities by trialling the technology on the Isle of Bute.

In a keynote address to mark the launch of the centre, Communications Minister Ed Vaizey acknowledged the university's history of leading mobile communications research.

"This new facility provides an excellent opportunity for the UK to lead the development of this technology and realise the economic benefits of being at the forefront of this field," he added.

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