Nominet announces new pilot using TVWS spectrum

UK internet company Nominet announced the launch of a new pilot in the Monmouthshire community of Llanarth (Wales), bringing broadband connectivity to nine households using TV white space (TVWS) spectrum. Currently, around 170 households in Llanarth experience poor broadband with an average speed of 2.5 Mbps, prompting Monmouthshire county council to approach Nominet and its partner Broadway Partners to trial the technology. The six-month pilot is currently delivering speeds of up to 30 Mbps, said the company, using dynamic spectrum management to ensure that TVWS signals don’t interfere with TV broadcasts.

TVWS was authorized for use by telecom regulator Ofcom in 2015, using gaps left in the wireless spectrum between 470-790 MHz in order to avoid interference between TV channels.

Nominet and Broadway Partners have already successfully deployed the technology on the Isle of Arran (Scotland), where TVWS services went live in November1.

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  1. ^ went live in November (www.telecompaper.com)

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