Bringing internet to people in rural areas where infrastructure deployment is expensive and tricky, is becoming a priority throughout the world.
Twenty three companies and organisations from around the globe - including
Barker explains that, at the moment, there is only so much spectrum to go around. "To put a visual example on it, if you look at an FM radio receiver, you can only turn the dial so far in either direction to pick up stations. After digital migration is complete, the white spaces spectrum will increase to such an extent, it would be like turning a narrow, heavily congested two-way street into a six-lane highway where much more traffic moves quickly and easily."
Why would migrating to digital broadcasting free up so much more space on the spectrum? "Because terrestrial television, which uses analogue broadcasting technology, uses up far more space than digital broadcasting does, which means that switching to digital broadcasting will make far more white spaces available on the spectrum which could then be allocated for broadband purposes," Barker says. "
Broadband for everyone
Barker adds that freeing up the spectrum will bring broadband coverage to everyone in
"Although satellite can also deliver coverage to remote areas, spectrum is far more affordable than satellite and will therefore be the most cost effective way to bring broadband connectivity to everyone in
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