O White Space, White Space, Whatfore Art Thou White Space?

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A few steps from Shakespeare’s spiritual home The Globe Theatre in London, the UK regulator Ofcom is formulating its own well-crafted play based on TV White Spaces (TVWS). We have been leading a major trial under the Ofcom TVWS Pilot in the UK, where it is noted that the same approach to TVWS is employed across Europe through the ETSI EN 301 598 Harmonized European Standard. Our trial has led to numerous observations on white space availability, use cases, and achievable performance in TVWS particularly under aggregation scenarios, among other aspects. This paper expands on some of our prior publications highlighting such outcomes and observations, particularly based on real testing within our trial. It draws fundamental conclusions around scenarios in which TVWS could and should be used. For example, it is observed that TVWS is often most appropriate for below-rooftop receiver or indoor scenarios, and for lower-power (e.g., 20 dBm) deployment scenarios which achieve excellent, and far more consistent, usable channel availability than higher-power alternatives. Further, aggregation in TVWS is heavily covered, attempting to match to various example deployment cases mirroring current and future communication systems. Observations are made on radio design under aggregation, particularly for the European TVWS case.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2016-Spring
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Event83rd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2016 - Nanjing, China
Duration: 15 May 201618 May 2016


Conference83rd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2016


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