Microsoft and Adaptrum Team Up to Demonstrate “Super Wi-Fi”

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Microsoft and Adaptrum together demonstrated the “Super Wi-Fi” technology at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting 2012 Mar 16th – Mar 19th in Montevideo, Uruguay. TV whitespace technology, often called “Super Wi-Fi,” is an innovative and potentially disruptive wireless broadband technology pioneered by the FCC and leading U.S. companies like Microsoft and Google and U.S. based startups. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a multilateral financial institution that provides development financing for Latin American countries. IDB invests in various state infrastructure projects including broadband infrastructure in Latin American countries.

TV whitespace technology enables wireless broadband service over the fallow spectrum between broadcast TV channels without disrupting the TV broadcast service – making efficient use of the spectrum that otherwise sits idle. The technology also offers a path for graceful migration of TV spectrum from broadcast to broadband based on evolving social and economic needs – when flexible use of the broadcast spectrum is permitted by regulation. The key benefits of TV whitespace include:

  • TV spectrum has the best propagation characteristics among the available licensed/unlicensed bands allowing significantly (> 10x) better coverage than Wi-Fi at 2.4 or 5.8 GHz.
  • “Super Wi-Fi” equipment cost will be similar to Wi-Fi equipment cost and a fraction (< 1/10) of cellular 3G/4G equipment cost. Wireless broadband infrastructure using “Super Wi-Fi” technology will be far more cost effective.
  • TV whitespace technology uses a database spectrum management model that is a revolutionary step away from the traditional command and control spectrum management model and towards real-time, dynamic spectrum allocation and management that be extended to other spectrum bands.
  • Probably the most importantly of all, TV whitespace lowers the barrier of entry for wireless service providers and enables new business models to be developed in an open and competitive market.

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