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DSA celebrates Ofcom white space decision

February 13, 2015

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) welcomes Ofcom’s decision to implement TV white space regulations, enabling access to the unused parts of radio spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band. This follows Industry Canada’s recent release of its TV white space regulations for rural and near-urban Internet access and signifies a real milestone for dynamic spectrum access across the world, highlighting its growing momentum.

“Ofcom’s release of TV white space regulations is a major milestone to be celebrated. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes this move and commends Ofcom for being as innovative, leading and forward-thinking as ever,” said Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. “The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance believes spectrum sharing via dynamic spectrum access must truly start being the norm rather than the exception, and Ofcom’s move will help advance this view.”

“This should also signal to and spur other regulators to move faster on dynamic spectrum access regulations. We hope Ofcom will move to finalise the regulation and the associated database contracts as soon as possible in order to enable UK citizens to start enjoying the benefits of the diverse applications that dynamic spectrum access can enable.”

As of February 2015, the US, Canada, and now the UK have implemented regulations for TV white spaces, and in 2015 the regulatory processes in Singapore, South Africa, Malawi and possibly the Philippines are likely to conclude.

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