An exposition on the evolution of the White Spaces, particularly TV White Spaces (TVWS) will be given, followed by a detailed introduction to TVWS and opportunities that they present. Once the concept and technology about the TVWS is understood, the participants would be presented with the key partnerships for establishing a successful TVWS project prior to speaking with funding sources about infusion of capital. Assuming a successful project deployment, participants would need to learn more about the history and the evolution of a typical pilot project. As such, the following presentations would be given:
- TVWS network design (Simulation exercise on estimated coverage)
- TVWS network deployment overview
- Example applications on TVWS network infrastructure (Internet, DSpace, Seismic and GPS (M2M))
- Investor side business model for a typical TVWS pilot network
- Drafting of TVWS regulations and white spaces devices (WSDs) specification listing
White spaces are the otherwise not used “idle channels” in radio, TV, cellular or other spectrum bands. Using the newly developed white spaces devices (WSDs) that have the capability to intelligently search for the idle channels and communicate within available, especially in the TV UHF band, for data services like Internet promises excellent connectivity, reduced CAPEX and OPEX for service providers including mobile operators especially in rural and disconnected communities. The business models promise lowest usage rates (tariffs) for the end user who may be an individual researcher, business person or could be a communal beneficiary like a school or hospital to support connectivity to digital libraries or indeed to provide virtual diagnosis.
Ensure that participants understand why white spaces. Convince participants to promote white spaces technology in their countries. Assist participants on the best practices toward creating sustainable white spaces project. Provide scientific, engineering, networking and mathematical tools for the design and implementation of a TVWS project. Discuss the elements for a sustainable investor side business model and the regulations governing the usage of white spaces for example TVWS regulations.
AFRALTI has organized TV White Spaces Training Workshop on 25th August 2014. More details as follows: