NuRAN Wireless completed a TV white space trial for wireless backhaul with operator Globe Telecom in the Philippines.
NuRAN Wireless, a wireless and broadband equipment vendor, worked with Globe for eight months to demonstrate the viability of using the UHF spectrum, namely TV white space, as a wireless backhaul for broadband service in different locations. The trials were conducted in Cebu and Bohol.
TV white space refers to the unused TV channels between the active ones in the VHF and UHF spectrum. NuRAN’s product focuses on UHF bands from 470 to 698MHz. NuRAN said its equipment has reached speeds of up to 10Mb/s over distances of seven to 12 km.
Emmanuel Estrada, Globe’s SVP for technical service design, said TV white space is another means to bridge the digital divide in remote rural areas, where traditional means of backhaul such as fibre or multi-hop microwave terrestrial backhaul does not make it economically viable to deploy broadband facilities.