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April 03, 2014

Super Wi-Fi Provides Many More Opportunities in Telecom

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Super Wi-Fi has enormous potential for growth – and may allow for much of the world’s population that lives without broadband access to gain connections.

Barlow Keener – who took part in the Super Wi-Fi and Spectrum (News - Alert) Sharing Session held during ITEXPO Miami - also explained to TMC’s Rachel Ramsey that, “Spectrum sharing is becoming all the rage right now in order to deal with the spectrum crunch.”

Super Wi-Fi is basically sharing the “old TV channels,” Keener, an attorney who specializes in the telecom sector, said. “It’s a dynamic way of sharing the channels using the database connected to radios.” He noted too that the FCC (News - Alert) promoted the concept in 2010.

Keener represents telecom, cable and Internet companies. He negotiates complex agreements on interconnected networks, advises wired and wireless communications companies, and is a specialist on regulatory rules and policies.

Meanwhile, he sees that Super Wi-Fi is expanding. “We have new equipment vendors because in the past only TV, one direction radios and television were built. So you have a whole new set of equipment vendors, making sure they can deliver broadband in a TV channel, not go outside that TV channel and get white fuzz.”

“To make that happen in a radio is very difficult,” Keener adds. “We’ve got Microsoft (News - Alert) and Google involved in doing trials in Africa. There have been many trials across the world.”

The radios are unique in that they can go through trees, buildings – just like a TV channel, he said.

“This signal because it is in the 700 TV channel can go through trees and mountains, literally around a hill or building,” Keener said, “and give you broadband where in the past you couldn’t get it.”

As of now, he estimates there about 3 billion unconnected citizens of the world. “There’s a big focus in bringing this technology to Africa, Asia and to India,” he said. Also, possibly parts of Russia will benefit.

In August, TMC (News - Alert) will present a Super Wi-Fi Summit Conference Program. Among the topics to be discussed are those of interest to the entire shared spectrum community. The Super Wi-Fi Summit, The Global Spectrum Sharing and TV White Space Event, will take place Aug. 12 through Aug. 14, 2014, at The Rio in Las Vegas. For more information, please click here.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker
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