TV white space to be used in new broadband pilot

Nomient and Broadway Partners use the old space to bring better broadband to remote areas across the UK. 

A small rural Welsh village is set to take part in a new broadband pilot scheme which will use the old TV white space to drastically improve their poor broadband speed.

Nine households across Llanarth, Monmouthshire's five main areas will test the new technology for six months later this year.

If it’s a success, the whole village will benefit hugely from the scheme, which is jointly being undertaken by the UK’s official domain registry site Nominet and Broadway Partners, as their current average broadband speed is 2.5Mbps, way down from the national UK average of 22.8Mbps.

TV white space refers to the countless TV frequencies which became available after the UK’s Digital TV switchover was officially completed in 2012.

They’re capable of carrying two-way signals at high-data rates over massively long distances which makes them ideal for use in this kind of situation.

“TV white space is a resilient and affordable option that brings high-speed internet to areas that have struggled to get online in the past,” said Michael Armitage, director of Broadway Partners.

“Llanarth is a beautiful but remote village, with residents who need access to better connectivity in order to grow their businesses and get more out of everyday life.”

An identical project was carried out last year on the remote Scottish isle of Arran to great success.

Source: South Wales Argus

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