Nine Vie to Manage White Space Database
September 27, 2010
Nine companies have submitted proposals to the FCC to manage white space databases for TVBDs. The devices will have to reference the databases to locate open and occupied spectrum.
(Continued from Part II: “Geo-locational Database
Becomes Primary Interference Reference")
Mountain View, Calif.-based Google is the largest of the nine to submit a
It was one of the main proponents behind opening TV airwaves up to unlicensed
Comsearch of Ashburn, Va., already works with several federal agencies on
developing rules and standards for the use of radio frequency spectrum. The
company currently manages a spectrum database in the 70-90 GHz band as well as
one tracking wireless medical telemetry services. It submitted a 55-page
to the FCC.
Neustar of Sterling, Va., threw in to be a database manager. The company’s
notes that it currently manages the database for cell-phone number portability.
In addition to databases serving wireless carriers, Neustar administers the .us and .biz domain registries.
Another Virginia tech corridor company, Key Bridge Global LLC of McLean, said
it is only applicant to bring in technology from other companies. Key Bridge’s
listed Sun and Oracle hardware, Amazon’s cloud computing resources, Level 3’s
infrastructure as well as contributions from Java, Linux, Google and Paypal,
KB Enterprises, a Washington, D.C. consultancy, and LS Telcom of Lichtenau,
Germany, submitted a
KB’s founder developed the FCC’s Universal Licensing System, and LS creates spectrum-management
software used by militaries, governments and private-sector regulators.
Frequency Finder of Toccoa, Ga., and RadioSoft of Edgewater, Fla., jointly
applied to be database managers. Their
RadioSoft has been processing FCC databases since 1981, and has “supplied
third-party FCC data queries online since 1987.”
WSdB LLC was formed just to manage a white space database. Neither its
nor its home page
indicate location headquarters, though its initial investor is based in Dallas.
It proposes to create an application programming interface to enable real-time
synchronization with other databases.
Spectrum Bridge of Lake Mary, Fla., is a
The company has helped launch local white space Wi-Fi systems in Claudeville,
Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Plumas County, Calif.; and Lake Mary.
Finally, Telcordia Technologies of Piscataway, N.J., is vying to run a white
space database. Telecordia primarily makes software for telecom providers. Its
says the company has provided “engineering, economics and legal support direct
to 40 spectrum regulators and 25 wireless network operators” over a quarter
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