Wired Magazine: Scottish Island To Use Spare TV Spectrum To Speed-Up Broadband

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Spare wireless spectrum leftover from the digital TV switchover will be used to improve broadband access on the Scottish island of Arran.

The rollout, the first of its kind in Europe, will be used to improve broadband speeds for the island’s 5,000 residents. It’s hoped the use of TV white space can help bridge the urban-rural broadband divide and better connect the UK’s more remote communities.

The technology is being rolled-out through a partnership between internet firm Nominet and broadband campaign group Broadway Partners. TV white space has been trialed and teased as a potentially useful technology ever since vast swathes became available when the UK completed its move to digital TV in October 2012.

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