Boston Networks harnesses TV White Space for Enduro World Series

Unused white space spectrum between TV bands used to provide connectivity to enable filmed coverage of mountain bike riders over the course in Glentress, Scotland

Boston Networks harnesses TV White Space for Enduro World Series

Boston Networks has designed, installed and commissioned a TV White Space system to provide connectivity for coverage of the mountain bike Enduro World Series (EWS) event in Glentress, Scotland.

White spaces are the name given to parts of spectrum that are unused in a particular location and at a particular time. In the UK, TV white spaces exist between airwaves primarily used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (470 MHz to 790 MHz).

The trial at Glentress was delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Microsoft, IndigoVision, and a consortium of technology leaders.

The TV White Space trial was commissioned at various points throughout the Glentress Forest, to allow coverage of the riders over various stages of the course to be transmitted to large screens at the Peebles Green Headquarters, to ensure spectators and sponsors didn’t miss any of the action.

The success of the trial will raise the profile of Glentress as a venue for future events, and has significant potential to not only transform the outdoor sports and events market, where access to broadband can be challenging, but to boost wider tourism and bring long term economic benefits to rural communities.

Scott McEwan, chief executive, Boston Networks commented: “We were delighted to lead the successful design, installation and commissioning of the TV White Space solution to support the EWS event, especially given the challenging terrain. Glentress is fairly remote and mountainous, so designing and delivering a system to enhance the visitor’s experience, and that could have a transformational effect for both the event and the local area, was an exciting opportunity for us.”

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