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With the increasing numbers of devices using Wi-Fi, as well as bandwidth requirements for web-based applications, the current commercially available wireless technology is falling behind.

The launch of gadgets like Google Chromebooks, has made consumers slowly embrace the principle of online-only activities. Moreover, other cloud-based services from Amazon, Microsoft and Apple are steadily becoming the status-quo. But while software innovations rise like mushrooms, the technological base for it has remained the same as 10 years ago.


However, a new technology is currently being developed and tested in the UK, called White Space. Now some of you may already know of this term, as it generally means all radio frequencies that are allocated to a broadcasting service, but not used locally.

What this means to wireless communications is that through very low radio frequencies, that have no interferences from regularly used radio channels, or through occupying the frequencies formerly used by analog TV stations, companies can distribute higher quality Internet connections as well as hotspots.

No longer would we have to search through 50 wireless connections to find our own router, 5 meters away, but with the proper support, strong hubs could service the network needs of perhaps 100 users at one time over one wireless connection. Moreover, since the radio frequencies in the White Space are so low, the signal would not only retain its strength and quality for longer distances through air, but regular barriers (that plague the Wi-Fi to this day) such as walls or even entire buildings would become irrelevant.

This technology would certainly become very useful in rural areas, where it would be too expensive to create entire Wi-Fi networks over great distances. With low frequency waves, even as little as two signal-emitting towers would be needed to broadcast a steady high quality Internet experience.

Unfortunately, there is one drawback, which is that in many parts around the globe medical telemetry, wireless microphones as well as other technologies are heavily relied on these open frequencies. Moreover, as the application of this technology for wireless Internet is still in its infancy, it would take a massive effort to create hybrid devices, able to use both current Wi-Fi as well as these open frequencies, not to mention the security issues that one connection for multiple clients would involve. It would take a collaboration of all manufacturing companies, across all spectrums of the market, to fully incorporate such an innovative communication design.

Nonetheless, we should start seeing prototypes soon enough. As Microsoft continues conducting stability and performance tests around phone data transmissions, it is clear that if these tests are a success, many manufacturers will follow. Better get a great patent ready, Microsoft.

 
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  • http://Pulkit.Me Pulkit Kaushik | TheDolt

    I hope White Space doesn’t turn into a vaporware. That would simply be sad (to put it subtlety).