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Cambridge White Spaces Trial
Gerry Oberst of the Hogan Lovells Technology, Media and Telecoms Practice moderated the afternoon sessions of the Cambridge White Spaces Trial Summit on 25 April.
Gerry Oberst of the Hogan Lovells Technology, Media and Telecoms Practice moderated the afternoon sessions of the Cambridge White Spaces Trial Summit on 25 April. The event was held at the Imperial War Museum outside Cambridge, UK, sponsored by the 17 members of the Cambridge White Spaces Consortium.
The consortium is made up of leading companies and organizations from the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. They consist of Adaptrum, Alcatel Lucent, Arqiva, BBC, BSkyB, BT, Cambridge Consultants, CRFS, CSR, Digital TV Group, Microsoft, Neul, Nokia, Samsung, Spectrum Bridge, TTP and Virgin Media.
White spaces are essentially the locations (and times) where spectrum is not being used by authorized users, such as UHF television channels that are vacant in a particular area or mobile communications links that are not used at a particular time. The trial was conducted in recognition of the increasing scarcity of spectrum used for communications and many other applications. Trial participants are “exploring new emerging technologies to use and share spectrum, [including] geo located and connected base stations and devices,” according to Bo Olofsson, Director, Product Research Group of BSkyB.
Gerry’s afternoon session focused on regulatory, social and future-oriented aspects of white spaces use. The session was initiated by a keynote speech by Dr. Daniel Reed, Vice President responsible for Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, who spoke on “Wireless Everywhere.” This speech and the other ten presentations from the afternoon session are available on the consortium web site.
The successful Cambridge trials are not complete, but members say they are in the process of framing the next phase of collaboration. The technical summary of the trial is also available on the website here.
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