A spectrum opportunity awaits both consumers and the communications industry when the Irish analogue TV signals are switched off at the end of October 2012. The unused White Spaces that will surround the new digital signals of the Saorview system will be up for grabs.
But, who will use this spectrum? What will they use this new spectrum for? How will they access it?
Some of these questions have already been addressed by both industry and regulators in the USA and the UK where the digital TV switchover has already advanced. Suggested uses of this spectrum range from new WiFi-like devices for increased broadband connectivity, to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, to new mobile network operator deployments.
The Filling the White Spaces workshop aims to inform an Irish audience as to these opportunities by sharing the experiences of companies that have already conducted trials in the UK and USA. We will also be looking to identify opportunities for Irish exploitation of this new spectrum resource in the context of on-going global developments.
10.00 Whitespaces introduction – Studios 1+2
This session is for those who feel they would like more background. They may want to know about the origins of the TV White Spaces or get a broad overview of what is happening around the world. There will also be a brief intro to some of the emerging ideas around spectrum sharing in general including Authorised Shared Access (ASA), the recommendations in the latest PCAST report in the USA on Realizing the Full Potential of Government Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth and the latest EU documents.
OFFICIAL START 11.15 TV White Space Networks in Action Abroad – Paccar theatre
This session marks the official start of the workshop and has a very practical focus. We will hear from those who have been involved in TV White Space Trials. There will be an opportunity to hear about the different target applications, the equipment used, the outcomes and the overall experience.
Microsoft – Jim Beveridge (UK) / Spectrum Bridge – Peter Stanforth (USA) /Adaptrum – Darrin Mylet (USA) / Neul – Paul Egan (UK) / FairSpectrum – Heikki Kokkinen (Finland) / BSKYB – Rafael Cepeda (UK)
13.30 Demonstrations in Studios 1+2 & Lunch
14.30 Ireland and White Space – where to next? – Paccar theatre
The purpose of this session is to determine what to do in Ireland. The first part of the session will take the form of a moderated panel. The questions which will frame the panel and subsequent audience discussion are –
1) What worth do ‘me-too’ trials have, i.e. replicating a trial that has been successful in another jurisdiction? Buy-in from local regulator, industry?
2) Are there new applications that can be trialled using the existing FCC/Ofcom rules?
3) What kind of TVWS applications could be trialled with new speculative rules that go beyond the
current FCC/Ofcom rules?
Discussion Topics – new applications for TV White Space bands, regulatory issues, economic challenges and opportunities, attitudes to sharing of spectrum in general, testing and trialling challenges, availability of equipment, opportunities for different players, the role of traditional media entities, the implications for mobile operators, the barriers to progress, the opportunities for intervention, funding etc. We are particularly interested in hearing from a wider range of voices outside of the purely technical and regulatory domain in discussing the opportunities for White Spaces.
The final session will summarise the key conclusions of the day and identify a set of next steps.
17.00 Session closes in Paccar theatre + demonstrations continue in Studios 1+2
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