Some "experts" believe that broadcast television (TV) is effectively dead, but in the last couple years there has been work done to re-invent over-the-air transmission in what spectrum has not yet been yielded to White Space for other uses. One of the major hurdles to overcome is how to service mobile devices that, if the effort is to succeed, must be able to work acceptably in the presence of a constantly moving receiver and the multipath phenomenon. Of course HDTV (high definition) will be expected by viewers so that adds to the difficulty. There are some grand plans for interactivity and on-demand programming that is not even available today to traditional household TV viewers.
There are many new services vying to operate in the newly available White Spaces including new cell bands, security, surveillance, and other such things. Ever ready and willing to provide the electronics, hardware, firmware, and software to enable an army of inventors and investors, White Space, HDTV, and re-purposed broadcast television vendors are scrambling to be first to market. Some of those companies are listed here.
Adaptrum | San Jose, CA
Adaptrum’s wireless technology platform allows dynamic spectrum access in a pooled spectrum base comprising “white space”, unlicensed, licensed, government, and public safety spectrums, with an initial focus on sub-GHz spectrum bands.
Aviacomm Inc. | 408-609-3888 | Sunnyvale, CACarlson | 800-834-2076 | Arcata, CA
The ARF Product Line with its high performance and low power consumption meet and exceed regulatory requirements while also accessing the entire spectrum, enabling TVWS as a real, viable WiFi band.
TV white-space technology is revolutionizing rural broadband, and Carlson, with ourRuralConnect, is the major contender in this emerging industry. Carlson customers are using TV white-space technology to bring broadband where it's never been before.
iconectiv | 732-699-TVWS(8897) | Piscataway, NJ
We are ready to serve as a partner for manufacturers entering the white space database market both in the U.S. and abroad, where similar white space spectrum initiatives are underway. Our solution provides added value by supporting more efficient use of available channels and can help reduce interference between white space devices operating in a geographic area.
Key Bridge Global LLC | 703-414-3500 | McLean, VA
Key Bridge is an FCC-designated White Space administrator, and our White Space System enables spectrum sharing and co-existence between licensed and unlicensed users.
MELD Technology Inc. | 408-242-5469 | Sunnyvale, CA
Provides a complete range of multicast broadcast solutions for Over-The-Air broadcast, Digital Cable and IPTV. Your content on any number of displays made easy.
Metric Systems Corporation | 800-549-7421 | Vista, CA
Pioneering White Space and Wireless Networking Innovation for Today's Needs and Tomorrow's Solutions.
Parsec Technologies | 972-804-4600 | Plano, TX
Amplifier chips for various wireless and mobile antenna markets. HDTV, M2M, LTE, GPS, WiFi, CATV / broadband, VHF / UHF, digital audio broadcast (DAB), macro cell & small cell, cognitive radio, software defined radio (SDR), & TV whitespace.
Spectrum Bridge is leading the industry in developing the technology needed to bring critical mass to the white space eco-system.
Google Spectrum Database
The rapid growth of connected devices around the world has dramatically increased demand for wireless spectrum. Google is working with industry and regulators to make more spectrum available by enabling dynamic spectrum sharing through a database.