Google, Microsoft interested in UK white space for broadband usage

By Shawn Knight
Nov 5, 2012
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  1. Google and Microsoft have reportedly expressed "extreme interest" in an unused segment of spectrum in the UK known as white space. The airwaves lie between existing spectrum used to broadcast television, radio and mobile Internet services and serve as a...

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  2. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Would be good to get some more suppliers to rural areas,

    the first 4G service has just launched here in the UK. Only in 9 City's, and even then with patchy coverage/ Its really expensive as well, with very tight usage caps (like 8 gigs I think is the top tier product, way overpriced).

    The government are supposed to be making sure every house in the country has a minimum 2 meg download speed by the end of this year and by 2017 95% will have "high speed access"
  3. Porters

    Porters TS Member

    I'm in a rural area (Suffolk) and BT have been trying a wireless to the home internet service, as there is clear line of sight from my place to their main research facility, Adastral Park. As my half of Suffolk is about as flat as you can get, it's worked really well, and boosted our internet speed from >1Mb/s to well over 5, sometimes bordering 9Mb/s, but this is a purely experimental program. I'm not sure what frequency they're working on, but I know it has to have line of sight to their transmitters, that are miles away.

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