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January 28, 2013

WhiteSpace Alliance Gives Endorsement to PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report

Today, The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) gave its official endorsement to a recent United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, which promotes spectrum sharing and greater efficiency in spectrum use by way of new cognitive radio technologies and transceiver standards. As such, the global trade association stated that it plans to develop technologies that allow spectrum sharing between varying systems over many bands and in different markets.

The WSA is focused on enabling the emerging worldwide WhiteSpace ecosystem to deliver products and services that use the WhiteSpace spectrum.

The alliance also announced the publication of the Wi-FAR specification, derived from the IEEE802.22-2011 Standard. Invented to enable low-cost solutions for the TVWS market, Wi-FAR-based radios will be interoperable and capable of providing wireless connectivity over regional area networks (WRANs) at speeds between 22 and 29 Mbps per TV channel.

Companies part of the WhiteSpace Alliance — including NICT, ISB Corporation, Texas Instruments, Azcom Technologies, AmeriSys, Adaptrum, Neul, RelayServices to name a few — will be displaying prototypes and solutions, in addition to real-world commercial deployments of TV Band WhiteSpace products, at a collocated event, the Super Wi-Fi Summit, this week as part of ITEXPO Miami 2013.

This is an opportunity to hear from industry experts in white spaces, frequencies allocated to a broadcasting service but not used locally, and spectrum innovation.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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