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Rice wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum
September 9, 2014
Rice University wireless researchers presented a new method that uses the UHF TV spectrum to send data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. At MobiCom 2014, the team unveiled a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF, a portion of the radio spectrum that is traditionally reserved for television broadcasts. Using UHF for broadband Internet is particularly appealing for rural areas where wired broadband is unavailable.
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