US approve of Super Wi-Fi - soon to hit the UK?

24 September 2010

radio-tower-Stateside, a bunch of regulators have paved the way for faster wireless devices - which is being dubbed Super Wi-Fi (and won't be nearly as exciting as a superhero like Super Gran, but whatever) - by opening unused television airwaves for mobile broadband use.

Basically, operators will be able to occupy the idle spectrum, which is the first significant release of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years. What this means for human beings who want Wi-Fi is that there'll be greater broadband connectivity.

The empty airwaves are called "white spaces" and they were freed up during the digital television transition last year. These frequencies allow signals to travel faster, penetrate walls much more easily and, most importantly, cover a much larger geographical area than current spectrum.

This means that internet speeds will be quicker for everyone and that broadband will be readily available in rural areas. And something similar is happening in the UK too. The government will auction off white space in 2011 which should create a similar deal for this country to what is currently being projected in the States. The auction will see two chunks of the spectrum - the 800MHz (the spectrum freed by the digital switchover) and 2.6GHz bands - sold off.

In short, soon, we should have mega-fast broadband and, of course, with that, the ISPs will find new ways to charge us for it. Still, you'll be able to stream whatever filth you watch on your laptops a whole lot quicker, even if you live with a pig in a hut up a hill.

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TOPICS:   Technology   Broadband

14 comments

  • PokeHerPete
    Looks like Ill be getting my tin foil hat out again.
  • James
    "Soon to hit UK?" Doubt it. The UK's average broadband speed is 2Mbps or something useless like that. We're living in the stone age compared to the US and European countries like Sweden. South Korea has blisteringly fast broadband too, so what's holding us back?
  • Skymarshall
    A bungee rope.
  • Howard M.
    I have 2Mbps broadband and it's not useless, my Pornhub videos stream just fine.
  • James
    @Howard Wait til you decide you'd rather stream HD porn, that's when you'll be frustrated by the constant "Buffering...." message! Oh and don't forget, if you download too much you'll be told off like a kid by your ISP for abusing their "fair usage policy". On Orange, downloading anything during "peak times" is enough to get throttled - not downloading hundreds of GBs... Sometimes I'll be throttled down to 50Kbps!! Broadband needs better regulation. OFCOM are useless for allowing the whole "up to 8Mb", "fair usage policy" on "unlimited download" packages to continue. /rant. Let's get back on topic!
  • jah128
    How will it make any difference to broadband speed? Why is 800MHz OR 2.6GHZ going to be any faster than 900MHz/950MHz/1.8GHZ/1.9GHZ/2GHZ etc? It wont. How does it travel faster? Does it beat the speed of light? Impressive. How is it the first significant release of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years? Seriously, this article is 0% fact and 100% hyperbole.
  • Howard M.
    It's the first significant release of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years, since bootleg ZX128s in Camden market 1985
  • PAddington
    @Jah128 nice troll...
  • PaulH
    Successful troll is Successful
  • warwick h.
    Had an e mail and letter from Vermin about heavy downloading in peak times - 4pm - 10pm with a veiled threat to throttle my connection but no mention of disconnection probably as they cant prove which of my sprogs, me granny, the lodger, wor lass, the dog or the budgie is doing all the downloading. I use TOR & PEER BLOCK to keep the cyber spies at bay. It must be the budgie downloading all the porn as everyone else denies it.
  • warwick h.
    Had an e mail and letter from Vermin about heavy downloading in peak times - 4pm - 10pm with a veiled threat to throttle my connection but no mention of disconnection probably as they cant prove which of my sprogs, me granny, the lodger, wor lass, the dog or the budgie is doing all the downloading. I use TOR & PEER BLOCK to keep the cyber spies at bay. It must be the budgie downloading all the porn as everyone else denies it.
  • warwick h.
    Twice even
  • zleet
    @james Pay for our Super-Duper-ultra-fast broadband service but screw you if you have the gall to actually try to use that premium bandwidth. What exactly do the ISP's think you are likely to want to do with 'upto' 8mb, check emails?
  • Rich
    Vermin Mediocre use to throttle between 4pm and 12pm, but now they throttle through the day. But They throttle me to 0.25mb I noticed if I throttled my own connection to 0.5mb, I don't get throttled down at all..! So Maybe it's not so much quantity but constant high bandwidth usage?

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