Microsoft to begin Cambridge trial of white-space broadband

Microsoft, the BBC, British Telecom and Nokia are planning to test out brand new “Wi-Fi on steroids” technology called “White-space broadband”. According to the companies involved, the experiment is set to take place in Cambridge, UK and will be a part of the Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium.

According to ZDnet, the consortium includes a number of other large technology and media based companies including, BSkyB, Siemens, Samsung, Spectrum Bridge and many more.

In simple terms, white-space is unused parts of the ultra high-frequency TV spectrum. This spectrum is becoming available for use thanks to the switch from analog TV to digital. ZDnet go on to say that there is likely to be around 150MHz of unused spectrum around the UK, which is a large amount considering that mobile operators usually only have 30MHz to make use of.

The consortium issued a statement that said "With the number of connected devices and data applications growing rapidly, and with mobile networks feeling the strain, we must find ways of satisfying the traffic demands of today and tomorrow,"

The group also said “The trial will attempt to demonstrate that unused TV spectrum is well placed to increase the UK's available mobile bandwidth, which is critical to effectively responding to the exponential growth in data-intensive services while also enabling future innovation.”

The official Microsoft blog states that UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has granted the consortium a multi-site license that will let the project being as of today. Cambridge was chosen for the trial thanks to its long history in developing wireless communication technology and thanks to the large range of buildings in the area.

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Has anyone bothered looking, hell, even reporting on the whiteboard behind the Microsoft Research spokesman Dr Victor Bahl?
Or aren't people interested in features coming in Windows Phone Apollo, Mango (TIPC/S) and even a feature BEYOND Apollo!!!

Check out 1min 46seconds...

As long as the major carriers continue to impose CAPS on data access, none of the new technological advances are going to be of any real value to consumers.

Not only will consumers not be able to use these new speeds to handle large amount of data with new data services on the drawing boards, but there won't be any incentive for any of the major carriers to pay for these infrastructure expansions...since that's the main reason to impose caps in the first place.

CAPS end the progress of broadband.

excalpius said,
As long as the major carriers continue to impose CAPS on data access, none of the new technological advances are going to be of any real value to consumers.

Not only will consumers not be able to use these new speeds to handle large amount of data with new data services on the drawing boards, but there won't be any incentive for any of the major carriers to pay for these infrastructure expansions...since that's the main reason to impose caps in the first place.

CAPS end the progress of broadband.

The problem is that there's no theoretical uses for 250GB a month from a single internet user. That's too much for even an average family. Until it can be proven that people are using bandwidth like that en masse, caps are simply there to deter pirates.

I've been very curious about this for a while. This sounds like it could be a great option for widespread broadband access...

does this mean i will have to stand on my router with a wire coat hanger in bad weather and stand there for hours so i can stream a 30 second youtube video?

SPEhosting said,
does this mean i will have to stand on my router with a wire coat hanger in bad weather and stand there for hours so i can stream a 30 second youtube video?

Only if you forget to wrap aluminum foil around the coat hanger.

SPEhosting said,
does this mean i will have to stand on my router with a wire coat hanger in bad weather and stand there for hours so i can stream a 30 second youtube video?

Lmfao, I just spilt coca cola down my white shirt

SPEhosting said,
does this mean i will have to stand on my router with a wire coat hanger in bad weather and stand there for hours so i can stream a 30 second youtube video?

Good news for all those old people who refused to get rid of the rooftop antennas and switch to cable or satellite lol

dogmai79 said,

Good news for all those old people who refused to get rid of the rooftop antennas and switch to cable or satellite lol

you have to switch. IM NOT SWITCHING.... but you have to ... NO I DONT WHIPPERSNAPPER! .... looks like they out smarted us again... we said it was them being stubborn .. but damn those wise old people.

SPEhosting said,
does this mean i will have to stand on my router with a wire coat hanger in bad weather and stand there for hours so i can stream a 30 second youtube video?

Made my day.
Thank you!