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Regulators worldwide are exploring innovative ways to access additional spectrum. Through access to unused airwaves, TV white space technology has the potential to provide opportunities to develop new services in areas where this spectrum is available.

TV white space refers to portions of television airwaves that are not being used in particular areas of Canada. In these areas, some TV channels remain vacant to prevent interference between broadcast stations or because of the limited demand for over-the-air TV stations.

White space technology will work in much the same way as currently available Wi-Fi, except for the use of a database that will automatically determine in real-time which frequencies white space devices can use based on their precise location. This innovative approach will ensure that TV broadcasting is protected while providing the opportunity to utilize spectrum that would otherwise remain unused.

The publication of technical and operational requirements today is the last step in enabling the use of TV white space in Canada for high-speed wireless connectivity.

This will facilitate cost-effective deployment of broadband services where spectrum lies dormant as well as provide opportunities for innovation in new consumer applications and services in Canada.

The requirements announced today were developed in consultation with stakeholders. The comments received were supportive of the use of TV bands for certain non-broadcasting applications in a manner that continues to provide existing users the interference protection they need.

The resulting new options for broadband will help connect Canadians and offer new economic opportunities, two priorities of the Digital Canada 150 strategy.

For more details on the technical and operational requirements announced today, please see:

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