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First TV White Space deployed in Oman

SAN JOSE, May 10, 2017

US-based Adaptrum, a global leader in TV White Space (TVWS) technologies, with Oman Broadband, has deployed the TVWS, demonstrating the ability to provide broadband communications to far flung places in the Sultanate.

TV White Space (TVWS) equipment utilizes vacant channels of the UHF TV broadcast spectrum to deliver broadband wireless services resulting from legacy TV channel plans. TV band spectrum is largely underutilized in most places most of the time and provides abundant spectrum that can be used for broadband wireless.

The spectrum is accessed using innovative dynamic access techniques, which makes the spectrum available on an unlicensed basis while avoiding any interference to existing broadcast services. Because of the low sub-GHz frequency of the spectrum, TVWS technology achieves non-line-of-sight (NLOS) long-range coverage, better than higher frequency unlicensed bands (i.e. 2.4GHz, 5GHz, etc.).  Abundant spectrum, free (unlicensed) use, and long-range propagation, make TVWS ideal for delivering wireless broadband services.

In this pilot project in Oman, client sites include schools under the Ministry of Education, an Oman Broadband point of presence (POP), and residential villas. It was conducted in the suburbs of the capital, Muscat city, with wide spread hilly terrains and scattered buildings in between the links. The result of the trial was positive with up to 20 Mbps delivered over distances of 4 to 10+ Km.

It has demonstrated the superior performance of Adaptrum devices in penetrating trees and concrete buildings without line-of-sight.

Oman Broadband CEO Said Al-Mandhari stated: "Universal access to broadband in Oman is essential to unlock the potential and boost growth in an increasingly knowledge-based economy, and Oman Broadband has been tasked with rolling out broadband infrastructure to provide that access.

“The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman mandated us to conduct trials of TVWS technology. The combination of coverage and capacity, delivered by TVWS Technology using Adaptrum's solution, enables us to extend the reach of our broadband infrastructure especially for remote and rural areas."

"A lot of advance preparation work was carried out before launching the pilot. The throughput results are excellent and TVWS technology can offer a cost-effective solution to deliver broadband connectivity to underserved areas in the Sultanate of Oman with added advantage of rapid deployment and cost efficiencies," said Ajay Kapoor who led the company's project team.

"Adaptrum have proven in over 25 countries across 5 continents, that TVWS is the affordable solution for connecting unconnected communities," said Haiyun Tang, CEO of Adaptrum.  "With this deployment, Oman Broadband and Adaptrum have proven that Adaptrum's solution provide the performance and reliability needed to address the digital divide throughout Oman and across the Middle East."

Khalfan Al-Amri, head of Technology Development said: "With this successful pilot, Oman Broadband is looking ahead to a nationwide rollout of TVWS technology into underserved communities like remote and rural areas to deliver high speed broadband at affordable prices. Oman Broadband is also exploring providing communications to enterprises in the remote rural areas as an alternative to costly satellite based services." – TradeArabia News Service




Tags: TV White Space | Adaptrum | Oman Broadband |

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