Ofcom approves TV white space wireless technology

British broadcast regulator Ofcom has given the thumbs up to new wireless technology that will give access ‘TV white space’, after a round of successful trials across the country.

Accordingt o Ofcom, ‘White spaces’ are gaps in the radio spectrum which can be used to offer new wireless applications for consumers and businesses.

The wireless technology will access radio spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band – currently used for digital terrestrial TV.

Ofcom said:

“White space spectrum in the TV frequency band is appealing for industry because it can travel longer distances and more easily through walls than the bands mainly used by other wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.”



“Based on the trials and stakeholder feedback, there is considerable interest from industry in developing this technology. Ofcom believes commercial applications for this white space technology could emerge by the end of the year.”

“Ofcom is exploring how the white space in other spectrum bands could be used for similar innovation in the future.”

Steve Unger, Ofcom Acting Chief Executive said: ‘This decision helps ensure the UK takes a leading role in the development of innovative new wireless technology.

“It is also an important step in helping the UK’s wireless infrastructure evolve effectively and efficiently.’


Philip Marnick, Ofcom Spectrum Group Director said: ‘Ofcom is laying the foundations for industry to use database controlled spectrum sharing to deliver innovative new services to benefit consumers and businesses.

‘Spectrum is an important but limited resource, which is why we’re exploring new ways of unlocking its potential, while balancing the needs of different users.’