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The zen of the ‘N’ – why weightless finally makes sense

Weightless in space

The Weightless-W standard will be disbanded and the all new Weightless-N will be developed with the help of NWave, a recently signed-up member to join the group. NWave will help to draft the next generation of white space technology: v1.0, which is proposed to be published by the end of Q1 2015.

White space spectrum gets coexistence standard

White space networks are key to the IoT

Standards body the IEEE this week released documentation on TV white space coexistence methods. Specifically, the IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to play to the cognitive radio capabilities of TV white space devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases.

Has the hype killed the White Space radio star?

Keeping the radio star alive

In this second feature, I want to take a closer look at why white space has seemingly stumbled, despite its surrounding hype. I have to confess that, in my experience, there’s always an associated amount of puffery within the telecommunications industry – an inflated balloon of hyperbole used to garner momentum for a new technology.

Where are we with white space radio?

Radio spectrum will always be a precious commodity

Three or four years ago, white space radio was surrounded by enormous hype and it embarked upon a news flurry, which witnessed the industry ‘stop in its tracks’ as a whirlwind of excitement swept the technology off its feet. Crikey, white space radio was primed to solve so many problems!

Software defined spectrum, anyone?


Consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?

Google, BT and Microsoft sign up to Ofcom white space trials

Ofcom is carrying out white space trials with the support of companies including BT and Microsoft

UK regulator Ofcom has announced that a group of technology firms, including Google, BT and Microsoft, are taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of white space technology. The regulator said that the UK will be among the first countries in the world to road-test the technology, which could help support the next wave of wireless innovation.

MNOs are already making the IoT connection!


At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of white space solutions provider Neul, suggested that mobile operators are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT). Alex Sinclair, CTO of the GSMA, countered by suggesting that the IoT opportunity is big enough for everyone, but MNOs will clearly be key players and not just for simple connectivity.

Neul chip uses white space for M2M


White space data services provider Neul has released what it hails as the world’s first TV white space transceiver chip. The chip, called Iceni, will be used for machine-to-machine (M2M) connections as well as wireless broadband applications.

Microsoft sets up spectrum research centre

According to Microsoft, the first opportunity to utilise dynamic spectrum technologies will also be in the TV white spaces band

Tech giant Microsoft has opened a European research centre aimed at providing greater insight into spectrum efficiency as a driver for wireless broadband access. The European Spectrum Observatory has been set up in Brussels, at Microsoft’s Cloud and Interoperability Centre. The firm said that it intends to examine barriers standing in the way of efficient spectrum allocation.

Research centre pinning hopes on white space spectrum

A white space research centre has opened at the University of Strathclyde

A research centre focussed on developing white space technology has been opened at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. The centre aims to work with players in the industry such as Microsoft, BT, the BBC and the UK government to develop technology that will tap into the unused white space spectrum.

EC calls on operators to share unlicensed spectrum more efficiently

The EC wants operators to share white space and spectrum between designated bands more efficiently

The European Commission (EC) has called on mobile operators in the region to share radio spectrum more effectively. The authority said that national spectrum regulation does not efficiently utilise spectrum or allow licensees to make use of new technical possibilities, leaving mobile and broadband users at risk of poor service as demand for data continues to grow.

Experience Weightlessness


A new book “Understanding Weightless” has just been published to provide information and insight into the proposed standard for wireless M2M communications. Here, the author, William Webb, explains why a new standard was developed and the markets it is designed to serve.

White space starts up finds hardware partner for global push

Neus is using the white space vacated by analogue TV signals

Neul, the UK white space startup that says its technology will revolutionise the M2M and local broadband sectors, has announced plans to jointly develop and market a new white space radio networking system with a new hardware partner, Carlson. The pair said that the technology will bring affordable broadband to millions of under-served customers worldwide.

The great white space hope


There’s usually no shortage of opinion in this industry, so I’ve been surprised by the reticence I’ve encountered trying to find out what the big operators think about Neul, the UK startup that reckons a new wireless data standard it’s developed for operation in the TV broadcast white space spectrum should—and will—be adopted for M2M services worldwide.