Alliance Highlights TV White Spaces Progress in Asia (10/13/14)
Monday, October 13, 2014 | Comments

Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies and evolving spectrum regulations are underway in Asia. The DSA alliance is working to promote regulatory policies that will pave the way for innovative new wireless technologies, addressing growing wireless data challenges.

The Chinese government made significant advancements regarding management of its spectrum resources as it continues to go through a public consultation period on revising its radio spectrum management policies. In Singapore, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) developed a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to 180 megahertz of unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, which comes into effect in November.

Elsewhere, the Taiwan Dynamic Spectrum Access Pilot Group continues to make good progress. The pilot group is working toward the creation and development of a world-leading dynamic spectrum access ecosystem in Taiwan. This will leverage Taiwan’s tremendous capabilities in semiconductor design and fabrication, component and devices manufacturing, and systems integration and solutions.

“DSA’s time has come in Asia,” said Professor H Nwana, executive director of the DSA, who toured the region. “The pace of development in the region is incredibly encouraging, so by supporting and working together with regional Asian organizations, regulatory bodies and governmental departments, we hope to continue to open up underused spectrum by advocating for new laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum use and encouraging DSA pilot project initiatives.”

NICT, based in Japan, developed several world standards-based TV white space devices, along with other technologies and white space databases compliant with FCC, Ofcom, and the Japanese TV band contour calculation algorithm.

"Some world standards have already been issued and some feasibility trials based on the standards have also been completed,” said Professor Hiroshi Harada, NICT executive research director. “Now it is a time to think about actual business ecosystems by collaborating global representative partners."

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