First Chipset-Based White Space Radio To Significantly Reduce Costs and Enhance Performance of TV White Space Devices and Networks

ARCATA, CA and BOGOTA, Colombia --- Carlson Wireless Technologies, Inc. unveils its third generation TVWS chip module, the Picasso Gen3, to the global market. The module was developed as part of a close and ongoing collaboration between Carlson Wireless and MediaTek, a market leader in wireless communications chip design. Carlson’s Gen3 revolutionizes the economics of TVWS by dramatically reducing device and associated infrastructure costs while enhancing broadband throughput and IEEE 802.11af interoperability, making robust and affordable broadband connectivity feasible for billions of people today.

Using low-band spectrum in vacant UHF TV frequencies and the new IEEE 802.11af WiFi standard, Carlson’s Picasso Gen3 chip will allow hundreds of users to receive a reliable broadband connection with data download speeds up to 96 Mbps from a single base station. The range of the UHF signal is 3 to 5 times greater than a traditional microwave WiFi signal. The big CapEx and OpEx savings is realized by a 10X reduction in the amount of base stations needed. Unlike other wireless technologies, Carlson’s Gen3 low-band non-line-of-sight (NLOS) signal penetrates walls, trees, foliage, and bends over hills even at long distances.

Carlson Wireless will deliver a breakthrough means for service providers around the world to offer affordable and quickly deployable broadband Internet access to connect devices and users where current technologies – wired or wireless – cannot. The very low power consumption of the chipset design also allows for solar powered base stations. On April 14, 2016, IEEE confirmed that TVWS is perhaps the leading technology set to deliver affordable broadband to billions.

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