Industry stakeholders suggest TV White Space (TVWS) technology to provide internet connectivity in underserved regions
In September 2018, during ITU Telecom World 2018 conference, representatives from the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) called for increasing the utilization of TV Whitespace technology (TVWS) to bridge the digital divide. The proposed solution consists of leveraging unused broadcasting frequencies between television channels (also known as White Space) to deliver widespread broadband internet.
This technology has been discussed over the past few years as an alternative to facilitate internet connectivity in underserved areas given the low costs of implementation and delivery. Additionally, organizations such as DSA have already generated model rules for TVWS technology in order to guide policy makers and regulators to establish the necessary frameworks. One of the first countries to announce the adoption of the DSA model rule framework for deployment of TVWS is Mozambique.
According to Mark Rotter, DSA Treasurer, “Digital inclusion is essential for driving economic development and enabling environmentally sustainable growth,” said Rotter. “Progress is being made but there is still a long way to go before the digital divide is closed. The DSA believes that one of the first steps should be utilizing TVWS networks to lower the cost of access… Changing the economics of rural deployment makes TVWS an economically attractive solution to solve one of the most intractable social issues of our time – how to bring opportunity to rural and economically underprivileged areas.”