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UK to Launch White Space Broadband Pilot
With Commercial Launches Planned for 2014
by Karl Bode 09:52AM Monday Apr 29 2013
Both Google and Microsoft are conducting white space broadband trials in Africa aimed at bringing connectivity to the country's unserved. Last week we noted that Califnoria's Cal.net is the first in the United States to embrace the technology, using it to service the more rural and hilly areas of California. Now the UK is getting in on the fun, UK regulators Ofcom issuing a statement last week saying they'll be launching White Space broadband trials this year with plans for commercial UK deployments sometime in 2014.

"Ofcom is preparing for a future where consumers’ demand for data services will experience huge growth," Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards said in a statement. "This will be fuelled by smartphones, tablets and other new wireless applications. White space technology is one creative way that this demand can be met. We are aiming to facilitate this important innovation by working closely with industry."

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FFH
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Whitespace broadband a bust if speeds as slow as Cal.net

If Whitespace broadband is slower than WiFi is real use, then it will be a bust. LTE will zip right by it.
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Re: Whitespace broadband a bust if speeds as slow as Cal.net

said by FFH:

If Whitespace broadband is slower than WiFi is real use, then it will be a bust. LTE will zip right by it.

Won't matter. LTE is too damn expensive at the moment. If WSBB takes off without caps, people really won't care if it's a bit slower. If it can easily handle 1-2mbps, I'm fine.

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Re: Whitespace broadband a bust if speeds as slow as Cal.net

said by Simba7:

said by FFH:

If Whitespace broadband is slower than WiFi is real use, then it will be a bust. LTE will zip right by it.

Won't matter. LTE is too damn expensive at the moment. If WSBB takes off without caps, people really won't care if it's a bit slower. If it can easily handle 1-2mbps, I'm fine.

agreed. outside the tech press and marketing hype speed is not that big an issue unless it is really slow. unlimited and price are the big issue. cheap unlimited will attract customers in large numbers against a service that is super fast but expensive with caps.