White spaces is the name given to parts of spectrum that are unused in a particular location and time. White space technology is now being piloted in the UK and the pilot is among the first of its kind in Europe. The pilot will use the white spaces that exist between airwaves primarily used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (470 MHz to 790 MHz).
The pilot aims to test all interactions between devices, databases and Ofcom; to provide an opportunity for industry to conduct trials using the proposed framework; and to gain further information on the coexistence issues between new use by white space devices and existing use for DTT and PMSE.
A number of companies are taking part in the pilot, either as database, device or service providers; or providing input and expertise on coexistence testing.