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WhiteSpace Alliance™ Announces Its First Inter-Operability Event

LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA)™, an international trade association focused on enabling the emerging worldwide WhiteSpace ecosystem to deliver products and services that use WhiteSpace spectrum, is announcing its first inter-operability event of its award winning Wi-FAR™ specification which is derived from the IEEE802.22™ Standard. Several major players have expressed their intention to participate. The WhiteSpace Alliance (www.WhiteSpaceAlliance.org) was formed to facilitate the creation of a successful marketplace across many regulatory domains using WhiteSpaces to provide Internet connectivity for a broad set of applications including Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN).

“Achieving multi-vendor support for delivering effective networking solutions meeting regulatory requirements is extremely important in being able to benefit from TV white spaces,” said Dr. Apurva Mody, WhiteSpace Alliance Chairman. “This marks a key milestone in achieving that objective.”

The WhiteSpace Alliance Wi-FAR™ specification takes advantage of the favorable transmission characteristics of the VHF and UHF TV bands to provide broadband wireless access over large areas up to 100 km from the transmitter. Each WRAN could deliver 22 Mbps to 29 Mbps per TV channel, depending upon the country of deployment, without interfering with reception of existing TV broadcast stations. MIMO and channel aggregation based enhancements will drive the throughputs even higher.

Wi-FAR™ incorporates advanced cognitive radio capabilities including dynamic spectrum access, database access, accurate geolocation techniques, spectrum sensing, regulatory domain dependent policies, spectrum etiquette, and -coexistence for optimal use of the available spectrum.

The WSA Inter-operability event is scheduled for Q1, 2013. For details on how to participate, please contact the WhiteSpace Alliance Chairman at apurva.mody@WhiteSpaceAlliance.org.

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About the WhiteSpace Alliance

WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA)™ is an international trade association enabling the emerging worldwide WhiteSpace ecosystem to deliver products and services that use WhiteSpace spectrum. WhiteSpace alliance will collectively educate, advocate and seed the market to demonstrate the benefits of using WhiteSpaces. WSA will create a successful marketplace across many regulatory domains using WhiteSpaces to provide Internet connectivity and drive many other machine to machine applications. WSA specifications including Wi-FAR™ 4G-WhiteSpace™, and others, will demonstrate further enhancements in radio performance, interference mitigation and network capacity. WSA technologies will support a wide variety of applications, hence providing wireless broadband access to many different market segments around the world.

About IEEE 802.22™

The IEEE 802.22™ Working Group on WRANs has published the IEEE 802.22™-2011 standard. IEEE 802.22 systems will provide broadband access to regional areas around the world and bring reliable and secure high-speed communications to under-served and un-served rural communities, which are estimated to include nearly half of the world’s population. The IEEE 802.22-2011 is the first IEEE Standard that focuses on broadband connectivity in rural areas where most vacant TV channels can be found, thus helping to bridge the “digital divide”.

WhiteSpace Alliance
Dr. Apurva N. Mody, +1 404-819-0314
Chair, WhiteSpace Alliance
Chair, IEEE 802.22 Working Group
info@WhiteSpaceAlliance.org
or apurva.mody@WhiteSpaceAlliance.org

Source: WhiteSpace Alliance