First TV White Space Database for Ireland

A preliminary TVWS database is now available for Ireland, here. This database has been created Spectrum Bridge using technical information which describes the Irish digital terrestrial TV system.

The database is also available as an App for iPhones or Android-enabled devices.

Spectrum Bridge has developed this tool to allow potential users and developers of White Space solutions to estimate the amount of available White Space that might be available after the transition to digital TV is complete in 2012.  The estimates do not guarantee the present or future availability of White Spaces.  The proposed rules, policies, implementation guidelines and underlying data are subject to change.  The tools offer some flexibility in adapting ACLR and C/I ratios to determine the potential effects of these parameters on availability.

However, these kinds of TVWS databases are emerging as the preferred spectrum policy tool to protect the incumbent TV services from new users of the TV frequencies. New wireless devices will likely be required to check such a database before transmitting in order to receive regulatory permissions.

This first estimate of Ireland’s TV White Spaces should serve to flag the potential of this shared spectrum opportunity.


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