Carlson Wireless announced today that the FCC has certified the company’s RuralConnect TV white space radio for use with the Spectrum Bridge TV white spaces database. Carlson says it is the world’s first affordable long-distance, non-line-of-site (NLOS) fixed wireless broadband system.
RuralConnect enables rural communities, businesses and governments to extend their communications and private networks.
“FCC certification enables us to offer this technology domestically,” said Jim Carlson, CEO of CWT. “And because of the FCC’s stature worldwide, it also gives a boost to global efforts to adopt TVWS technology,” Carlson continued. “Providing connectivity to underserved populations worldwide is more than an interest to us. It’s our corporate mission.”
Using flexible software-defined architecture and dynamic spectrum sharing, RuralConnect is authorized to transmit over “white spaces” in the UHF TV band (470-698 MHz), the unused frequencies between licensed television broadcasters.
RuralConnect has operated for the last three years in more than 58 trial deployments both domestically and internationally, including a successful trial with Google in Cape Town, South Africa.
RuralConnect utilizes cognitive radio technology in collaboration with spectrum sharing databases. This FCC approval authorizes use with the Spectrum Bridge database in the U.S.