Wireless home networking

The study addressed four key issues in relation to the use of UHF locally unused TV frequencies (commonly referred to as “white spaces”) for wireless home networking, namely: the current status of white space technology, availability of spectrum within the UK for white space wireless home networks, a comparison of the likely coverage in a[…]

Options for a harmonised spectrum allocation for smart grids

The work involved understanding the type of communications that would be needed in support of effective Smart Grids and then identifying potential spectrum, on a European basis, that could meet such requirements. Historically there was a limited number of power stations and the generated power was distributed, on demand, through the network to the end[…]

Backhaul for rural broadband services

The feasibility of deploying adaptive fixed links in the 1800 MHz band to provide backhaul links in rural areas for the UK was examined for this study.  Issues considered included regulatory constraints, cost savings, equipment development, bandwidth requirements, achievable link lengths, in-band interference, cross border coordination and harmonisation opportunities. An example scenario was considered where[…]

Wireless transmission of power

The study examined the state of art in wireless power transmission, transfer of electrical power, as seen from the perspective of the protection of radio communications services for Ofcom.  It considered the scientific background behind the different proposals, the technological developments, possibilities and limitations, and examined the consumer and economic aspects.  Particular attention was given to[…]

Long duration propagation measurements

Following on from a previous study measuring equipment, that had been used to investigate the technical and consumer impact of time-varying interference to digital TV services, was maintained for a further year in Brighton and Southwold to monitor interfering signals and propagation variability from the continent.  In addition a series of associated measurements were made using[…]

Development of wide range propagation model

The  aim of the study, a major two-year project, was to develop a unified propagation model for the prediction of signal levels on terrestrial paths in a frequency range of approximately 30MHz–50GHz, considering both availability and interference, which covers times from 0–100%. The work required a fundamental re-evaluation of the statistical relationship between different propagation mechanisms.[…]