I’m interested in learning more about using TVWS. How do I get started?

Thank you for your interest in TV white space (TVWS).

Here are some introductory concepts to get you started:

  1. Dynamic Spectrum Access: A technique by which a radio system dynamically adapts to the local radio spectrum environment in order to determine — and then access — available channels at specific locations.
  2. White Space (WS): Part of the spectrum that is, or has become, available for radiocommunication by radio systems at a specific time period and in a given geographical area.
  3. White Space Database (WSDB): An ISED Canada-recognized third party database that maintains records of all licensed services and systems approved to operate within WS frequency bands. The WSDB determines available channels at a specific time and geographic location, and provides lists of available channels to WSDs.
  4. White Space Database Administrator (WSDBA): A third party service provider designated by Industry Canada to administer a WSDB within Canada.
  5. White Space Device (WSD): A radio apparatus that operates in the WS frequency bands using dynamic spectrum access techniques.

You can find more information on the television white space database (DBS-01) and equipment (RSS-222) specifications on the ISED white space website.

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