White Space Communication Systems: An Overview of Regulation, Standardization and Trial

Hiroshi HARADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.2   pp.261-274
Publication Date: 2014/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.261
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Technologies for Effective Utilization of Spectrum White Space)
white space,  IEEE,  cognitive radio,  database,  standardization,  

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This paper summarizes the current status of regulations, standardization efforts and trials around the world regarding white space (WS) communications, especially television band WS (TVWS). After defining WS communication systems configurations and function and the categories of white space database, the TVWS regulations in United States, United Kingdom, and Japan are summarized. Then regarding status of standardization for TVWS devices, IEEE 802 and IEEE 1900 standards are summarized. Finally ongoing pilot projects and trials of WS communications in the world are summarized, and trends and future direction of research on WS communication systems are summarized.