Centre for White Space Communications launched

The University of Strathclyde is to lead the way in a new era for wireless communications after Communications Minister Ed Vaizey formally opened its Centre for White Space Communications.

The Centre, which builds on more than 30 years of experience in wireless and mobile digital communications and signal processing, is set to become a world-renowned centre of excellence.

Established with initial funding from the Scottish Funding Council, the Centre will engage with industry and government to develop and apply leading-edge dynamic spectrum technology to tap into unused white space spectrum capacity.

Mr Vaizey gave a keynote address at an inaugural event, attended by senior representatives from industry, academia, Ofcom and other Government offices.

He said: “The University of Strathclyde has a proud history of leading research on mobile communications technology and this new centre promises to take that work even further.

“This new facility provides an excellent opportunity for the UK to lead the development of this technology and realise the economic benefits of being at the forefront of this field.”

Working with partners such as Microsoft, BT and the BBC, the Centre will capitalise on the white space available in many frequency bands, and that made available from the discontinuation of analogue television, to shape the future for wireless access to the internet.

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