White Spaces Radio
The world’s first affordable long-distance, non-line-of-sight fixed wireless broadband system
After more than two years of successful trials in the United States and around the world, the RuralConnect was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December 2013 for unlicensed commercial use in the USA.
The TV White Spaces Revolution
RuralConnect delivers extended coverage, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) broadband connectivity by transmitting over TV White Space (TVWS) frequencies, 470 to 698 MHz, which offer superior signal propagation characteristics.
TVWS frequencies were opened for unlicensed public use by the FCC in 2010. Using vacant UHF TV channels, the RuralConnect TVWS signal penetrates foliage and travels around hills to bring wireless broadband to locations too rugged or remote to be served by traditional line-of-sight radio technology.
With spectrum scarcity a growing issue in today’s world of wireless connectivity, the opening of TV White Space frequencies and the development of dynamic spectrum sharing technology offers more than 200 MHz of new potential spectrum, the actual amount depending on the area and proximity to licensed TV broadcasters.
High-Speed Internet and More
By making wireless connectivity possible in areas previously difficult or prohibitively expensive to reach, the RuralConnect launches a new era of opportunity for rural communities demanding high-speed Internet. It also expands the capability of businesses and governments needing to extend their communications and private networks, such as data monitoring and control for utilities, oil & gas operations, resource management, public safety, video surveillance, VoIP networks and more.