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December 05, 2011

FCC Lifts Curtains on Telcordia White Space Database

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)) has announced that it will allow a trial of Telcordia’s white space database starting on Wednesday, December 7, and will continue on for 45 days. This limited trial by the FCC will help determine whether the database is stable enough for a full head-on release.

The non-aired channels on a television network, also known as white space, have had little to no significance until companies started venturing into using them for other broadcasting media such as broadband.

Until now, many devices had to send a query to a reliable white space database provider (47 C.F.R. § 15.701 et seq.; FCC policy) and hope that it didn’t interfere with transmissions broadcasted across television lines. You can see the problem with this when a channel starts coming up on the air and the database still doesn’t have it registered until the next week. That whole week, you end up disrupting communications from that channel to the recipients of the broadcast.

Now the FCC wants to let Telcordia (News - Alert) give it a shot and develop a centralized database that will comply with regulations and allow devices to more efficiently find what lanes of communication they can use within the realm of TV white space.

"Telcordia has served the telecom industry for more than 25 years, and possesses deep spectrum management, engineering and consulting expertise in addition to centralized database and hosting services," says Chief Architect John Malyar of Interconnection Solutions, Telcordia. "White space device manufacturers will find Telcordia to be a valuable and reliable partner as they prepare to launch products in the U.S. and around the world. We encourage the public, vendors, and interested parties to participate in the FCC's public trial of the Telcordia White Space Database."

If you’re a service provider looking to better understand and capitalize on new opportunities associated with the White Space Spectrum or just want to establish your leadership in Super WiFi (News - Alert) and  meet Influential executives , check out The Super WiFi Summit in Miami, Fla. Feb. 1-3, 2012.


Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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