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  (Source: Reuters)
White spaces are airwaves that separate broadcast signals from mobile signals

Google and Microsoft are looking to get their hands on "white spaces," which are areas of unused airwaves, in the United Kingdom. 

White spaces are airwaves that separate broadcast signals from mobile signals. These airwaves, for the most part, remain unused. However, that could all change soon now that Google and Microsoft are looking to move in on this prime real estate. 

It's pretty obvious why either Google or Microsoft would want to use these white spaces. For Google, it could mean offering free Wi-Fi services to customers with Android-powered phones as well as the general public. For Microsoft, it could mean bumping up Windows Phone use with free Wi-Fi access to those using the devices. 

Ofcom, a telecoms regulator, is looking to use the white spaces for broadband purposes. It's even lobbying the government in order to gain control over which companies are allowed to use the white spaces. Ofcom is expected to introduce white space tech by next year. 

Government officials said that the white spaces could be beneficial for rural areas, and that Microsoft and Google could use the white spaces to "get closer to customers" and offer "something different to Apple."

Just last month, Skype and hotspot provider Wicoms announced a partnership that would provide UK streets with free Wi-Fi. Local businesses are paying the bill at £9.99 a month plus VAT for the service and another £49.99 for the router. 

Source: The Telegraph



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RE: NOTHING is free.
By martin5000 on 11/6/2012 10:37:14 AM , Rating: 2
Google and MS are not charities? Who knew!


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