Oman Broadband Conducts TV White Space Pilots
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | Comments

Adaptrum, a TV white space (TVWS) technology provider, completed a pilot deployment with Oman Broadband in Muscat, sultanate of Oman. Marking the first time that TV white space is being deployed in the Middle East, the project demonstrated the ability to provide broadband communications to far flung places in Oman, a statement said.

TVWS equipment uses vacant channels of the UHF TV broadcast spectrum to deliver broadband wireless services resulting from legacy TV channel plans. TV band spectrum is largely underutilized in most places most of the time and provides abundant spectrum that can be used for broadband wireless. The spectrum is accessed using dynamic access techniques, which makes the spectrum available on an unlicensed basis while avoiding interference to existing broadcast services. Because of the low sub-GHz frequency of the spectrum, TVWS technology achieves non-line-of-sight (NLOS) long-range coverage.

In this pilot project in Oman, client sites included schools under the Ministry of Education, an Oman Broadband point of presence (POP) and residential villas. It was conducted in the suburbs of the capital, Muscat city, with widespread hilly terrains and scattered buildings in between the links. The trial demonstrated up to 20 Megabits per second (Mbps) of data delivered across distances of four to 10 kilometers. The Adaptrum devices penetrated trees and concrete buildings without line of sight.

"Universal access to broadband in Oman is essential to unlock the potential and boost growth in an increasingly knowledge-based economy, and Oman Broadband has been tasked with rolling out broadband infrastructure to provide that access,” said Oman Broadband CEO Said Al-Mandhari. “The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman mandated us to conduct trials of TVWS technology. The combination of coverage and capacity, delivered by TVWS technology using Adaptrum’s solution, enables us to extend the reach of our broadband infrastructure especially for remote and rural areas."

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On 12/21/17, YS Rayudu said:
Good to hear The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman conducted trials of TV white spaces (TVWS) technology. Let us know the outcome and same whether it is cleared for industry to propose OFDM radios on TVWS bands, i.e. UHF TV bands vacated by analog TV services.

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