Carlson Wireless congratulates Dr. Oliver Holland and the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) of King’s College London, UK, for winning the €500,000 European Commission Horizon 2020 Collaborative Spectrum Sharing Prize. In addition to the CTR at King’s College London, Dr. Holland’s team consisted of Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Fairspectrum in Finland, Queen Mary University of London in the UK, and a branch of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, based in Italy. Their submission, DISTRIBUTE, takes a new and highly innovative view on distributed spectrum sharing, proposing and demonstrating a decentralized spectrum sharing database, distributed across end-users’ devices (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops) and other wireless devices such as access points. The submission draws on the realization that spectrum sharing solutions involving licensed spectrum, such as TV White Space and Licensed Shared Access, are typically (broadly speaking) based on geolocation databases. The thinking behind their adaptation of the geolocation database concept is that the decentralisation and distribution of it among devices can reduce latency in accessing the database, and better share aspects such as processing load, among other benefits.
In the ongoing progress of his work, which continues to lead to greater access to broadband Internet services for people throughout the world, Dr. Holland recognizes Carlson Wireless, “We are grateful to Carlson Wireless for its contribution of TV white space equipment and technical support throughout the project. Carlson’s recently-introduced Gen 3 TV white space products are highly promising both in terms of performance and price point.”