WhiteSpace Alliance® Creates India Special Interest Group

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Local Subsidiary Will Promote Improved Spectrum Utilization to Bridge India’s Digital Divide

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The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA®), a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, today announced creation of its first Special Interest Group in India.

“The reliability and cost-efficiencies of spectrum sharing solutions are ideal for regions with large rural populations such as India”, said Dr. Apurva N. Mody, Chairman of WhiteSpace Alliance. “It makes sense for us to expand our local presence to support the Prime Minister’s “Digital India” vision, with its increasing focus on delivering broadband Internet services to its currently underserved population.”

Advances in radio and database technologies and development of interoperability standards enable spectrum sharing solutions to dynamically use underutilized spectrum (“whitespace”) to provide wireless broadband access. Regulators all over the world have been exploring the use of whitespaces in the television band VHF/UHF spectrum to provide cost-effective broadband access. The powerful propagation characteristics of these bands make them ideal for use in rural areas where wired infrastructure is not cost effective to deploy, and vegetation makes line-of-sight wireless solutions unreliable. Trials at more than 30 venues throughout the world have shown the benefits of this technology in making Internet services widely available.

The new Indian government has made rural broadband a priority to create smart workforces for tomorrow’s needs. India has made significant investments in its National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) to provide backhaul connectivity to its 640,000 villages, but the nation still faces significant challenges in bridging its Digital Divide. Reliable, cost-effective middle- and last mile access is needed to deliver electronic services for health, education, government and commercial applications.

WhiteSpace Alliance, developer of Wi-FAR™ and WSAConnect™ interoperability specifications, has a following of more than 200 major commercial, academic, government and regulatory organizations around the world. WSA member organizations benefit from access to technical specifications that decrease development costs; expanded access to global markets, regulators and government agencies; and ongoing marketing support at no additional cost. Consumers benefit from a multi-vendor, interoperable ecosystem that brings down the overall cost of broadband access. For more information on WhiteSpace Alliance, please visit http://www.WhiteSpaceAlliance.org

About WhiteSpace Alliance
The mission of the Whitespace Alliance (http://www.whitespacealliance.org/) is to promote the development, deployment and use of standards-based products and services as a means of providing broadband capabilities via WhiteSpace spectrum. By promoting the use of standards, the Alliance will enable companies to provide broadband connectivity at reasonable cost. The WSA will also act as an enabler of the emerging white spaces ecosystem by helping to put in place interoperability, conformance, and compliance testing to make sure that our member stakeholders get the needed information & collaborations to succeed both in the market place and with regulatory requirements. Interoperability specifications will allow multiple vendors to enter the market and help to reduce the costs for the consumers. WhiteSpace Alliance promotes the use of IEEE, 3GPP and IETF Standards for use in the WhiteSpaces.

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Bill Mello
WhiteSpace Alliance
+1 978.877.0051

Dr. Apurva N. Mody, Chairman WhiteSpace Alliance
WhiteSpace Alliance
+1 404.819.0314

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