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WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) Develops Interoperability Specification for Wi-FAR™ Networks

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WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) Develops Interoperability Specification for Wi-FAR™ Networks Source:WSA

The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum that was formed in Dec 2011, this week announced development of its interoperability specification for Wi-FAR networks.

WSA has been formed with the goal of enabling the emerging worldwide WhiteSpace ecosystem to deliver cost-effective broadband solutions, and support products and services that use WhiteSpace spectrum. Wi-FAR, initiated by WSA is derived from the IEEE 802.22 Standard on Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN).

According to WSA, the Wi-FAR provides low cost broadband Internet access through dynamic allocation of underutilized TV band spectrum (“whitespace”). The Wi-FAR specification integrates intelligent spectrum management capabilities such as location awareness and database access to identify and utilize TV whitespace spectrum. WSA also said that each Wi-FAR cell will provide 22-29 Mbps of aggregate throughput per TV channel with support for up to 512 devices, with a typical coverage of 10 to 30 km. 

This will enable cost-efficient deployment of broadband access and backhaul solutions to regional, rural and remote areas under the line-of-sight and non-line of sight conditions.

“Interoperability is the critical requirement for developing a robust ecosystem of solution providers. This specification, and the testing procedures we are currently developing, will significantly accelerate development and deployment of cost-effective products using whitespace spectrum.”

 Dr. Apurva Mody, Chairman of WhiteSpace Alliance

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com.

 

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