Jim Carlson, Carlson Wireless CEO, at Super Wi-Fi along side representatives from KTS and Adaptrum.
Just two short weeks ago, IT Expo and the collocated Super Wi-Fi & Shared Spectrum Summit wrapped up in Las Vegas, Nevada. The multifaceted Conference continues to grow as the “premier business communications and technology event,” and Carlson Wireless has been an involved participant and sponsor from the beginning.
This year, our very own Jim Carlson was pleased to serve as an expert on three panel sessions at the Super Wi-Fi Summit, which were:
1. Commercial Rollout of White Spaces in Kenya, South Africa, U.S., India, Brazil, Nigeria, and Kazakhstan
2. Bring On the New White Space Radios: Battle of the Devices: Show & Tell Round One
3. White Space Radios Deliver 50Mbps
Although Carlson has served as a panelist on TV White Space development at Super Wi-Fi Summits in the past, this year was probably the most exciting–as we are closer to FCC certification than ever before.
With that in mind, the “Battle of the Devices” session proved to be an interesting mix of competition–yet collaboration–between White Space radio manufacturers including Carlson, Adaptrum, KTS, and 6Harmonics. With two manufacturers on the panel commercially certified (KTS and Adaptrum) and the others anxiously waiting their own certification, one might be surprised to hear that the overall tone between these would-be “competitors” sounded a lot more like industry collaborators–a testament to the collective nature of White Space technologies and spectrum sharing.
“I want to start off by saying there is no battle here,” Jim continued, “we all stand here because we share a passion and a dream of what TV White Space can do.”
With this in mind, it is no wonder that many find Shared Spectrum/White Spaces to be a disruptive technology, as the top manufacturers in the field are well aware of the innovative benefits that healthy competition and low barriers to market entry promote. It is the avid diligence of everyone in the industry that has led to rapid device advancements and increased trial deployments, all of which continue to prove that White Spaces will truly change global discourse and bridge the digital divide.
Now, as White Space industry leaders, we all look to the FCC to join our “team,” and demonstrate their commitment to “promoting competition, innovation, and investment in broadband services” and “encouraging the highest and best use of spectrum domestically and internationally**” by certifying White Space devices for commercial use. This proactive move will surely induce similar regulatory decisions abroad– opening modern communications to the billions without access.
“What We Do.” Federal Communications Commission. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.