A series of trials in the UK as part of the Ofcom TV white spaces pilot

Oliver Holland, Nishanth Sastry, Shuyu Ping, Raymond Knopp, Florian Kaltenberger, Dominique Nussbaum, Juhani Hallio, Mikko Jakobsson, Jani Auranen, Reijo Ekman, Jarkko Paavola, Arto Kivinen, Ha Nguyen Tran, Kentaro Ishizu, Hiroshi Harada, Pravir Chawdhry, Jean Marc Chareau, James Bishop, Michele Bavaro, Emanuele AnguiliYue Gao, Rogerio Dionisio, Paulo Marques, Heikki Kokkinen, Olli Luukkonen

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TV White Spaces technology is a means of allowing wireless devices to opportunistically use locally-available TV channels (TV White Spaces), enabled by a geolocation database. The geolocation database informs the device of which channels can be used at a given location, and in the UK/EU case, which transmission powers (EIRPs) can be used on each channel based on the technical characteristics of the device, given an assumed interference limit and protection margin at the edge of the primary service coverage area(s). The UK regulator, Ofcom, has initiated a large-scale Pilot of TV White Spaces technology and devices. The ICT-ACROPOLIS Network of Excellence, teaming up with the ICT-SOLDER project and others, is running an extensive series of trials under this effort. The purpose of these trials is to test a number of aspects of white space technology, including the white space device and geolocation database interactions, the validity of the channel availability/powers calculations by the database and associated interference effects on primary services., and the performances of the white spaces devices, among others. An additional key purpose is to undertake a number of research investigations such as into aggregation of TV White Space resources with conventional (licensed/unlicensed) resources, secondary coexistence issues and means to mitigate such issues, and primary coexistence issues under challenging deployment geometries, among others. This paper describes our trials, their intentions and characteristics, objectives, and some early observations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 1st International Workshop on Cognitive Cellular Systems, CCS 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479941391
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2014
Event2014 1st International Workshop on Cognitive Cellular Systems, CCS 2014 - Rhine River, Germany
Duration: 2 Sept 20144 Sept 2014


Conference2014 1st International Workshop on Cognitive Cellular Systems, CCS 2014
CityRhine River


  • experimentation
  • field trials
  • geolocation databases
  • TV white spaces


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