Quebec, QC, September 15th, 2016 – NuRAN Wireless Inc. (“NuRAN Wireless”) (CSE: NUR) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a TV White Space (“TVWS”) trial for wireless backhaul with Globe Telecom in the Philippines.
For the past 8 months, NuRAN Wireless in partnership with Globe Telecom, worked on demonstrating the viability of using the UHF spectrum, namely TV White Space, as a wireless backhaul for broadband propagation in different locations throughout the Philippines. The trials were conducted in Cebu and Bohol.
TV White Space refers to the unused TV channels between the active ones in the VHF and UHF spectrum. These are typically referred to as the “buffer” channels. In the past, these buffers were placed between active TV channels to protect broadcasting interference. It has since been researched and proven that this unused spectrum can be used to provide broadband Internet access while operating harmoniously with surrounding TV channels. Utilizing TV white space for propagation of internet service is a relatively new technology as TV broadcast began transitioning from analog to digital and therefore paving the way for the availability of more TV channels or frequencies that could be utilized for broadband use and more importantly connecting rural and remote areas. NuRAN’s product focuses on UHF bands from 470 to 698 Mhz.
NuRAN’s equipment has reached up to 10 Mbps over distances of 7 and 12 kilometers. With the achievement of this important milestone, NuRAN will begin rolling out units in 2016 for broadband public access.
Globe Senior Vice President for Technical Service Design, Engr. Emmanuel Estrada said “The TV White Space provides us with another means to bridge the Digital Divide in remote rural areas where traditional means of backhaul such as fiber or multi-hop microwave terrestrial backhaul does not make it economically viable for telecommunication providers to deploy broadband facilities.”
“We are extremely pleased that Globe Telecom selected NuRAN for this trial in the Philippines since it has been a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the reliability and pertinence of our TVWS product. We are now eager to deploy it worldwide and therefore pursue our mission to connect everyone everywhere. We are confident that this trial was only the beginning of a very successful partnership with Globe Telecom” stated Martin Bedard, Co-President and Co-CEO of Nuran Wireless.
About Globe Telecom Inc.
Globe Telecom, Inc. is a major provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines, supported by over 6,900 employees and over 1.1 million retailers, distributors, and business partners nationwide. The Company operates one of the largest and most technologically advanced mobile, fixed line and broadband networks in the country, providing reliable, superior communications services to individual customers, small and medium-sized businesses, and corporate and enterprise clients. The Company’s principal shareholders are Ayala Corporation and Singapore Telecom, both industry leaders in their respective countries.