FCC Approves Spectrum Bridge as First White Spaces Platform – Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC Set to Become the First TVWS Customer
LAKE MARY, FL, Dec 22, 2011 — Spectrum Bridge, Inc. today announces the launch of its TV White Space (TVWS) platform as the first solution approved to provide service in the United States. The company’s cloud-based spectrum management platform gives wireless broadband service providers access to TVWS frequencies while protecting TV broadcasters and other incumbent operations. This approach is essential in allocating additional unlicensed spectrum for wireless applications.
“We have taken a major step forward in advancing technology solutions that manage wireless frequencies,” said Rod Dir, CEO of Spectrum Bridge. “Now that the solution is approved by the FCC, TV White Space will be the proving ground for showing the market how our solutions can be used for other spectrum bands in the US and globally.”
The first TVWS network is being deployed with devices manufactured by KTS Wireless, the first product approved to operate in conjunction with the Spectrum Bridge TVWS platform.
“We are very excited to be a part of the next generation of wireless technology, creating innovative new applications that build on the unlicensed spectrum band,” said William Koos, President of KTS. “We have worked closely with Spectrum Bridge on many wireless trials and demonstrated that our technology along with the Spectrum Bridge platform will greatly enhance services in and around underserved communities.”
The company also announces the first commercial TVWS customer with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina. Wilmington was the first city to transition to digital TV, and quickly became the first Smart City trialing TVWS spectrum in 2010. Spectrum Bridge worked with wireless system integrator TV Band Service to deploy the network and will further develop the network to establish Wilmington as a test bed for TVWS technology.
“New Hanover County is proud to lead the nation with the first commercial installation of a white space network at our flagship park, Hugh MacRae,” said New Hanover County Commissioners Vice Chairman Jason Thompson. “We will be using this new technology to extend the range of our wireless networks beyond the parks and gardens and provide enhanced services to our citizens.”
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo also noted, “Wilmington is proud to continue its participation in wireless innovation. We continue to support the development of emerging wireless technology.”
Spectrum Bridge is building on this success by working closely with partners to further develop TVWS-compatible radio platforms and services. The company offers advanced wireless solutions and value added services that enhance the performance and management of TVWS networks. (source spectrumbridge.com)
About Spectrum Bridge, Inc.
Spectrum Bridge, Inc. (SBI) develops technology and intellectual property that virtualizes spectrum by giving wireless devices access to available bandwidth more efficiently. SBI’s cloud-based platform provides customers with greater network capacity, coverage and utilization through efficient allocation of spectrum resources. The company’s platform also enhances service providers and radio manufacturer’s solutions by utilizing a database-driven cognitive networking technology designed to promote co-existence. SBI was named a top innovator in the area of technology for its TV White Spaces network by the Andrew Seybold 2010 Choice Awards. The company is privately held and headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida. For more information, contact us at (866) 598-7426 or visit SpectrumBridge.com.
What Channels Within White Space are Actually Available?
Spectrum Bridge has launched a Web site called ShowMyWhiteSpace.com that offers an easy online tool to find open TV channels available at any location in the U.S. Now there is a place to figure out what parts of “white space” are really accessible in a given location.
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