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IDA launches public consultation on TV White Space

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 18, 2013
The public consultation will enable IDA to refine the regulatory framework to ensure that it is contextualised to the needs of Singapore’s market and business environment.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) yesterday launched a public consultation on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) in Singapore.

TVWS makes use of under-utilised spectrum within the TV broadcast spectrum channels to deliver capabilities similar to wi-fi in a cost-effective manner.

Radio frequencies in the TVWS spectrum bands offer good propagation characteristics that allow wide area outdoor wireless coverage, better building penetration and potential for high-speed connectivity.

The range of potential applications that could ride on TVWS technology include the provision of wireless broadband Internet access services, machine-to-machine connectivity, smart metering and outdoor environment or security monitoring networks.

To ensure that TVWS will meet the needs of Singapore's market and business environment, IDA's public consultation will discuss issues including licensing mechanism for TVWS devices, TVWS spectrum bands and access mechanism, device co-existence criteria and parameters, and management of geo-location databases.

The proposed regulatory framework issued for public consultation is based on trials and pilot projects initiated since 2010, said Leong Keng Thai, director-general (Telecoms and Post) at IDA.


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