TV White Space - Breakthrough Technology
TV white-space technology is revolutionizing rural broadband, and Carlson, with our RuralConnect, is the major contender in this emerging industry. Carlson customers are using TV white-space technology to bring broadband where it's never been before.
For a more information about the technology, please download our white paper, "Super Wi-Fi: Using TV White Space for Rural Broadband."
Test Results Are In!
What exactly are TV white spaces?
TV white spaces are unused gaps between TV channels in the UHF spectrum. In 2010, the FCC made this high-quality, underutilized spectrum available for unlicensed public use.
At a time when more and more broadband users are crowding the airwaves, 200 MHz of spectrum is great news, especially in rural, underserved areas.
A New Possibility for Rural Broadband--and Beyond
Since fewer TV stations broadcast in rural areas, TV white-space technology is a highly effective choice for rural communities, especially because UHF signal can penetrate foliage and works well in difficult terrain.
White space is also a viable option for more densely-populated areas, as urban demonstrations have shown.
RuralConnect interacts with spectrum databases for interference-free operation. Carlson has teamed up with database providers Telcordia and Spectrum Bridge to demonstrate how this works. You can see it for yourself in this short video, "Dynamic Spectrum in Action":
How much spectrum is available in your region?
This screenshot from Spectrum Bridge's Show My White Space tool shows the
available channels in the vicinity of a recent demo by Carlson Wireless, in Orlando, Florida.
Better Coverage than Wi-Fi
TV white space is a smart choice for wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) or public safety agencies seeking greater broadband capabilities than WiMAX or Wi-Fi can provide.
This breakthrough technology was nicknamed “Super Wi-Fi” because of its superior range and its ability to penetrate obstacles such as trees, buildings and rough terrain. While Wi-Fi has a relatively limited range, and can be blocked by walls and other obstacles, a network utilizing TV white-space technology can cover a greater area than Wi-Fi while requiring less equipment.
Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Performance
Microwave links require line-of-sight (LOS) between the points being connected. In rural areas with many trees or rugged terrain, the tall towers necessary to provide this line-of-sight connection make microwave an expensive and unfeasible solution.
TV white-space technology, on the other hand, provides an effective alternative to microwave because lower-frequency UHF signal can penetrate obstacles and cover uneven ground without requiring additional infrastructure.
Carlson: Leading the Industry
Over the past year, CEO Jim Carlson has become widely known as a white-space technology expert and a featured speaker at events like ISPAmerica, IWCE, the FISPA/WISPA Service Provider Summit, the Super Wi-Fi Summit, the National Conference for Media Reform and more. He is also a featured participant in industry webinars, such as the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) webinar on TV white-space network design and deployment.
CEO Jim Carlson first unveils the RuralConnect prototype in Dec. 2010
at the CalWISPA meeting in Sunnyvale, Calif. Carlson believes TV white space is the
solution WISPs have been searching for to bring broadband to users in remote and rural areas.
To learn more about the RuralConnect and what white-space technology can do for your project and your community, contact one of our sales engineers. You can also sign up to download our white paper or technical spec sheets.
The New RuralConnect: Fast, Affordable Broadband
The new RuralConnect Generation II offers up to 16 Mb/s, all the throughput necessary for today’s broadband needs.
This next-generation broadband radio gives users access to more than 200 MHz of high-quality white-space radio spectrum.
Carlson is committed to bringing affordable broadband connectivity to underserved regions around the globe.
For more information, contact a Carlson sales engineer.
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Views slides from Jim Carlson's technical presentations
Find available frequencies in your region
Download RuralConnect technical spec sheet