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Communications regulator Ofcom has approved Manually White Space Devices (MCWSD), stating they are to be licensed on a "transitional" basis while equipment is being developed.

White Space technology allows gaps in radio spectrum that exist between Digital Terrestrial TV (470MHz to 790MHz) channels to be harnessed and used for broadband or other communications services.

Its use was officially approved by the regulator back in February 2015, but difficulties in meeting licensing requirements have led to many delays in rolling it out, meaning there have been very few products or services seen outside of initial pilots.

According to ISPreview, the technology is notoriously hard to develop, mainly due to difficulties in avoiding interference with television signals, while current hardware can also command a high price tag.

Ofcom has since admitted that its initial expectation of the first commercial White Space solutions becoming available by the end of 2015 may now not be possible, requiring manual configuration by the user,

The regulator is reportedly hoping to have its new White Space licensing regime in place for at the beginning of 2016, although an annual licence fee of £1,500 is likely to apply.

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