Television white spaces (TVWS) are portions of unused radio spectrum that have the ability to digitally transform South Africa.
» TVWS offer 24Mbit/s broadband speeds and cover up to 10 km, penetrating both natural and man-made obstacles.
» TVWS are regulated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa under a three-tiered ecosystem: the Reference Geolocation Spectrum Database (R-GLSD); the Secondary Geo-location Spectrum Database (S-GLSD); and TVWS networks.
» The TVWS value chain comprises manufacturers and vendors of white-space devices, providers of S-GLSD services, network planners, integrators, installers and operators, data centre providers, and finally, end-users of the TVWS network.
See the infographic below for more information about how it works.
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