Neul, the U.K. company spearheading Weightless, a Machine 2 Machine spec for white space transmission, will ship its first white space radio modules for $12 to sensor and device makers in the first quarter and launch its first networks in the U.S. and U.K. in the second, reports GigaOm.
The Weightless standard was approved in April and promoted by a small group of core members including Neul, CSR, Cable & Wireless and ARM – though, it can be a bit more nimble than the big standards bodies.
The company’s base station, NeulNET 2510 will sample in the first quarter of 2014 with pre-commercial availability in Q2 2014. BTS hardware lease costs will be “tens of dollars” per month. The third generation of Neul’s silicon will enable a cost reduction in 2015 to around USD$7 and subsequent optimisation will reduce the cost to less than USD$4 and 20mm x 24mm in 2016.
While in the U.S. white space focus has been on remote broadband access, using the 802.22b and 802.11af standard, the U.K. plans on using these airwaves as building blocks for much slower M2M infrastructure as a communications fabric for the internet of things.
Neul plans to launch the first networks using its own NeulNet base stations. The company hasn’t announced what cities it will launch in first – it already has trialed a network in Cambridge – but it promised to have live networks in both the U.S. and the U.K. in the second quarter.
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