UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for a pilot of ‘white space’ technology which it claims will be ‘among the first of its kind in Europe’. With the trials expected to take place in the autumn of 2013, Ofcom has noted that locations for the project will be identified once the participants have been identified. The pilot will reportedly test the inter-operation of white spaces devices, white space databases and the processes to mitigate against causing any undue interference to current spectrum users. Following a successful completion, Ofcom has said that it expect that white space technology could be fully rolled out during 2014.
Commenting on the development, Ofcom CEO Ed Richards noted: ‘Ofcom is preparing for a future where consumers’ demand for data services will experience huge growth. 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.’