Friday, November 14, 2008

White Space Provides The Future Of Wireless Revolution

It should come as no surprise to Pondering Primate readers how big the FCC's decision to approve Google Backed White Space Use will be.
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It's been called "WiFi on steroids" and offers "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans."

From M.I.T. Technology Review The Coming Wireless Revolution.

"The announcement that the FCC will allow white-space devices has a lot of people feeling like this is a beginning of a wireless revolution," says Anant Sahai, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

radios that are smart enough to hop from one frequency to another, leaving occupied channels undisturbed--an approach known as cognitive radio

Dell may want to build broadband wireless Internet cards that are faster and have more range than existing ones do (already announced this initiative)

Google may simply want to push Internet coverage to increase the number of people who see Google ads (Google has estimated it will increase revenues by 20-30%)

Jake Ward from Wireless Innovation Alliance describes one white-space application as "mind blowing": sending high-definition television signals from one room to another within a house. "You have a TiVo, a DVD player, a cable box, and three high-definition TVs," he says. "Using a white-space device, you could beam those signals anywhere, to any TV."

More about the White Space potential


Anonymous said...

I'm not a techie so I don't know the term, but I thought it was dangerous to be exposed to so much wifi waves? Something along the same line as the danger of constantly holding a cell phone next to your head? I certainly won't use it if there's even the slightest health risk.

Coco said...

It will be ubiquitous. Like it or not, you will be exposed to those frequencies every day as all things digital stand a good chance of communicating over this platform for the forseeable future. The signals will be everywhere you go including your home, automobile, work and play.

Get ready. Its coming.

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