Carlson and Neul have fulfilled the pledge of offering TV white space broadband to WISPs or Wireless Internet Service Providers. Both companies decided to collaborate late last year to offer reasonably priced broadband to millions across the globe. This is now made possible with the launch of the commercial radio networking system called RuralConnect.
Users will be offered a maximum of 16 Mbps of bandwidth for every empty TV channel with the Neul and Carlson system, which also allows creation of extensive range, non-line-of-sight associations. RuralConnect, which is being offered at an affordable price, will best suit the requirements of WISPs. Currently, WISPs will be able to avail samples and development kits of RuralConnect, while volume deliveries are expected to begin by second quarter of 2012.
In a release, Jim Carlson (News - Alert), CEO of Carlson said, “We are well-positioned to make the most of the TV white space opportunity. We have the regulatory experience, tactical partnerships, and pre-emptive technology to successfully deliver this market-disruptive product. RuralConnect is a proprietary combination of Carlson’s hardware and Neul’s software, resulting in an affordable, high-performance system that is attracting the attention of investors globally.”
RuralConnect incorporates the usage of ‘white spaces’ or vacant portions of UHF spectrum for digital communication. UHF signals can pass through walls and other obstructions because of its extraordinary proliferation distinctiveness, thereby eliminating the need for line of sight to the subscriber’s house.
RuralConnect offers dependable long range connections, irrespective of the topography, with the high-tech SCFDE technology. A range of omnidirectional and sectoral, high-gain, base-station antennas intended exclusively for TV white-space broadband will also be made available by Carlson.
Luke D’Arcy, VP of Marketing at Neul said, “RuralConnect marks a major milestone in the realization of white space technologies, which have been in development for a while. The outstanding propagation characteristics of white space signals means that operators can to serve customers they cannot reach with existing wireless technology. The capacity available allows pioneering WISPs to offer all customers faster plans that beat ADSL based competition. And this is possible without investing in new tower sites, spectrum licenses or high priced network equipment, boosting profitable growth.”
Edited by Jennifer Russell