Old TV signals fill UK broadband gaps

The broadband gap in a part of rural Monmouthshire in the UK is set to be plugged by TV broadcast frequencies left over from the digital switchover, the so-called ‘White Space’. A pilot scheme will see TV white space used to send a high-speed broadband signal from a standard mast.

White space uses the spare spectrum in the UHF band, no longer needed for television broadcasts following the digital switchover.

Llanarth is the second community to take part in the scheme, which is already up and running on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. Domain name registry firm Nominet is partnering with telecoms firm Broadway Partners to roll it out.

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