White Space Internet
The Internet simply means the interconnectedness between millions of computers. The Internet does not exist in isolation its use is usually censored, controlled and suppressed by regulatory bodies. These organisations are saddled with the responsibility of providing Internet services to users for access, participation and activities involving the use of the Internet.
Users only enjoy this service either by subscriptions or installation, or methods of payment most suitable for the service provider organisation’s standard.
The most popular method of providing Internet communication used by many service providers to transmit information from one place to another is by sending pulses of infrared light through an optical fibre. This is achieved by installing fibre optics in areas where reception is needed.
Fibre optics are strands of pure glass or sometimes plastic about the texture of the human hair capable of transmitting light signals over long distances.
While the Internet might seem to be quite widespread, some areas of the world still face challenges in this regard. Apart from the cost of acquiring internet enabled devices in a bid to connect to the World Wide Web, there is also the challenged of information barrier caused by poor connectivity or null Internet access.
The geography, distance between fiber-optic cables, presence of thick forests and other weather and atmospheric conditions have been known to hinder communication necessary to provide adequate Internet reception.
WHAT IS WHITE SPACE INTERNET?
White Space is a term that can be basically applied in any context. A typical and more traditional meaning of white space refers to the blank spaces left on purpose in the print of a Newspaper or Magazine to achieve unity and aesthetic beauty. It could also be used to refer to unexploited areas in business which are unrivalled with competition.
White Space Internet can therefore be defined as the grey areas or gaps inherent between Television broadcasting stations which can be tapped and converted to generate an alternative and relatively cheaper source for Internet access. It was originally intended by TV stations to avoid overlapping signals between channels.
White Space Internet is a new market and technology laced with unbridled opportunities and therefore lacks competition. Research has proven that this untapped spectrum available in the buffer channels can be used to provide broadband Internet access while functioning in sync with surrounding TV channels.
WHITE SPACE DEVICES (WSD)
Virtually all devices capable of connecting to the Internet i.e. Tablets, Smartphones, and PCs can access the Internet using White Space Technology through fixed or portable stations.
Devices proposed to utilise this unexploited spectrum available in buffer TV channels are called ‘White Space Devices’. These devices are built with internal remote sensors to detect the presence of existing but unused areas of airwaves reserved for analogue television.
White Space devices make use of this airwaves by converting and transmitting the signal for Internet connection.
BETTER COVERAGE AND RECEPTION
The traditional and conventional Wi-Fi router covers a relatively limited range which is about 100 metres under perfect conditions, and can be intercepted by walls or other atmospheric conditions, not to talk of channel interferences by other Wi-Fi devices within the same domain.
White Space Internet, on the other hand, can cover an expanse of about 10 kilometres which is 100 times the distance covered by traditional Wi-Fi routers. This breakthrough technology is a revolutionary broadband Internet alternative. It is super-fast and has the ability to penetrate obstacles such as trees, buildings and rough terrain. It is also unlicensed at least for now which makes it free from the high cost of traditional Internet access.