Scottish island to use spare TV spectrum to speed-up broadband reports that spare wireless spectrum leftover from the digital TV switchover will be used to improve broadband access on the Scottish island of Arran.

The rollout, the first of its kind in Europe, will be used to improve broadband speeds for the island’s 5,000 residents. It’s hoped the use of TV white space can help bridge the urban-rural broadband divide and better connect the UK’s more remote communities.

The technology is being rolled-out through a partnership between internet firm Nominet and broadband campaign group Broadway Partners. TV white space has been trialled and teased as a potentially useful technology ever since vast swathes became available when the UK completed its move to digital TV in October 2012.

As TV white space is near-ubiquitous, and easy to access, it doesn’t require expensive additional infrastructure to launch new services on it. The commercial roll-out on Arran will, according to Nominet, bring relatively high data-rates across the island.


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