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Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Issues New TV White Space Broadband Rules

January 12, 2018 By Andy Heins in

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has published new model rules for TV White Space (TVWS) technology. The new rules are designed to provide governments, policy makers and regulators with the tools necessary to enable the quick and efficient deployment of TVWS networks to help bridge the digital divide and support the Internet of Things (IoT).

The new rules are designed to enable flexible network topologies such as mesh networks and in high-speed, long-distance scenarios such as on trains, as well as a more streamlined regulatory framework to facilitate market growth. The rules are required to ensure that TVWS users will not cause interference to incumbent users, such as television broadcasters and domestic television users.

Additionally, the new rules are designed to facilitate and encourage international regulatory harmonization for TVWS, and to help countries create a regulatory environment for TVWS from scratch. Regulators can use the new model rules as a customizable out-of-the-box solution, for a faster and more efficient way to launch TVWS networks.

Replacing the original version published in 2014, the updated revised rules offer higher availability for dynamic spectrum devices and stronger protection for incumbent users, according to DSA. The revised rules are based on the regulatory environments already in place in the United Kingdom and the U.S., incorporating learnings from the operation of TVWS networks, including DSA member Nominet’s experiences running its TVWS services.

“The Alliance has long been championing TVWS technology to connect those in underserved and rural locations, which will in turn help to bridge the digital divide. Our membership consists of organizations at the forefront of TVWS developments, and we will continue to work together to ensure global connectivity, while maintaining the most effective and efficient use of spectrum, is achieved,” said Kalpak Gude, DSA president, in a prepared statement.