The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has congratulated the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for publishing the Authorisation Framework for the Accommodation of White Space Radiocommunications Devices. After receiving expressions of interest for the use of White Space devices across the country, the Authority has outlined the technical and operational rules for their deployment. This marks a huge step forward for Trinidad and Tobago and will enable its people to benefit from White Space technology to provide broadband connectivity and other innovative solutions, such as machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, to underserved areas.
The framework protects incumbent services operating in bands that will be made available for White Space device operations and reassures potential users that a carefully planned and regulated environment has been created before deployment begins. Using dynamic spectrum access approaches, White Space devices access spectrum that may be available at a particular location or at a particular time, in bands currently allocated to other radiocommunications services.
“TV White Space technology can play a key part of an overall communications solutions set, largely because of its ability to inexpensively deliver broadband and other forms of connectivity over large geographical areas. It has already been deployed in several projects all over the world, growing in recognition every year. We congratulate the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for recognising TV White Space technology as being an alternative to mainstream technologies to meet the demand for broadband connectivity, connect the unconnected and provide ubiquitous mobility.”
The framework is a subset of the Authority’s National Spectrum Plan, which provides a structure to regulate the efficient use of spectrum, in an orderly manner, in accordance with the Authority’s mandate. The framework’s objectives include: identifying the frequency bands that can accommodate White Space devices; establish rules for the operation of White Space devices in Trinidad and Tobago; setting rules for the approval of database administrators to operate in Trinidad and Tobago and establish a regulatory framework for licensing White Space devices.