“These three organisations are all dedicated to implementing alternative ways to enable service providers to reach remote customers all over the world. It’s important to remember that this is a global issue that affects millions of people, from the U.S to Mozambique to India.”
RADWIN have joined the DSA shortly after submitting a ‘Petition for Rulemaking’ to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It asks that the FCC change its rules to allow point-to-multipoint devices in the U-NII-1 and U-NII-3 bands, that use sequential multiple directional beam technology to operate with the same effective isotropic radiated power as point-to-point transmitters in those bands.
“The DSA supported this filing as the requested rule change could permit service providers to reach more remote customers from the same base station site,” explained Gude. “This therefore reduces the cost of deployment and improves the ability of service providers to reach areas that lack high Internet connectivity speeds.”
Saankhya Labs is an industry leader in software defined radios (SDR), which have been adopted and installed by Wireless Internet Service Providers in the U.S, Singapore, India and the Philippines. The SDRs have achieved demonstrated broadband speeds of 10 Mbps over a distance exceeding 10km without line of sight requirements.
Gude added that Saankhya Labs’ SDR chips powers a system which can use White Space to provide internet to households in rural India that are currently unconnected.
“The DSA has long championed TV White Space (TVWS) technology as a method to connect those in underserved areas. Only this year, we released the publication of the DSA’s new model rules for TVWS technology,” he said. “Whether it is India, or Africa, or anywhere it is possible, TVWS is a great solution which can be utilised in order to increase the amount of available wireless bandwidth and reduce its cost.
The DSA is advocating for more efficient spectrum utilisation. That is the key to providing millions of people around the world with digital access.”
Gude states that the legal restrictions and cost of deploying new technologies are not the only limiting factors, the installation and training of certified professional installers of these technologies has also got to be addressed.
“This is something that Federated Wireless really focus on. It recently submitted its proposal for Initial Commercial Deployment on the Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) spectrum band to the FCC and has also introduced a new training programme for certified professional installers of CBRS devices,” he said.
“RADWIN, Saankhya Labs and Federated Wireless are three important organisations who are doing incredible things to close the digital divide that exists in all corners of the world,” concluded Gude.
“This is not a regional or even a country-specific issue, it is a global situation that needs to be addressed collectively. Regulations need to be changed to allow spectrum utilisation to take place. Broadband has become a utility, it’s crucial for the economic and social growth of a country.
“As we approach 2019, it is simply unacceptable that so many people in the world are unconnected. I’m looking forward to the great work that the DSA, as a whole, will be doing over the next few months to help to close the digital divide.”
For further information about the DSA, please visit www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/.
Companies interested in joining the DSA should visit the membership page, which provides a membership level breakdown and further detail on how to become a member.
About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance
The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. Visit http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org.
RADWIN is a leading provider of Point-to-Multipoint and Point-to-Point broadband wireless solutions. Incorporating the most advanced technologies such as Beam-forming antenna and an innovative Air Interface, RADWIN’s systems deliver optimal performance in the toughest conditions including high interference and obstructed line-of-sight. Deployed in over 170 countries, RADWIN’s solutions power applications including backhaul, broadband access, private network connectivity, video surveillance transmission as well as delivering broadband on the move for trains, vehicles and vessels. Visit https://www.radwin.com for more information.
About Federated Wireless
Federated Wireless is leading the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, eliminating the decades-old problem of spectrum scarcity. The Company offers the industry’s only end-to-end Spectrum Controller, enabling government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, allowing for the creation of new wireless carriers and business models. For more information, please visit https://www.federatedwireless.com.
About Saankhya Labs
Saankhya Labs, founded in 2007, is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in the development of Cognitive Software Defined Radio (SDR) communications processors and modules supporting a broad range of emerging data communication standards. Powered by its award-winning SDR architecture, Saankhya chipsets combine low power, cost efficiency and small footprint, making them ideally suited to build ONE Worldwide platform for things such as broadcasting, TV White Space, Machine to Machine communication and Internet of Things. Company information can be accessed at www.saankhyalabs.com.
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