White Space Pilot Network in Orkney (Phase 2)
In June 2015, the Centre for White Space Communications has been awarded a grant from the Scottish Government to develop and implement a White Space pilot network in Orkney.
This project involves setting up Wi-Fi hot-spots on three council-operated ferries; providing Internet access to ferry passengers during their journeys. Further infrastructure will then be added to support the delivery of broadband services to six extremely remote rural locations where existing intervention programmes are not planned.
The project will build upon the knowledge and experience gained during the earlier urban demonstrator project which involved the setting up of a test network on the University campus, and will allow the latest White Space technology to be evaluated in a ‘live’ environment.
The Centre is working with Orkney-based CloudNet IT Solutions and other partners to evaluate the technology as well as the commercial viability and societal impact of connectivity in hard-to-reach rural locations.
The use of White Space spectrum represents an entirely new way of managing radio spectrum, with considerable potential for greatly enhancing the overall efficiency of spectrum utilisation. The UK regulator, Ofcom, has recently put regulations in place to allow access to White Space spectrum, and it is expected that new wireless applications and business models will emerge.
Work for this project is ongoing and further updates will posted in future.