TV WhiteSpace Workshop

17th- 19th February 2015

GTUC Main Campus

The technology of TVWS and subsequent dynamic spectrum wireless broadband networks (DS-WBN) are  innovations  being  tested  globally,  to  accelerate  the  national  broadband  connectivity  demand  in emerging economy countries. The fact that it also can provide affordable and additional connectivity to urban areas in co-existence and extension to cellular networks is an added benefit.

The CSIR is basing its activities on a several years of research in TVWS networks, devices and development of a national Geo-location spectrum database (GL-SDB) as a technology which enable DS-WBN networks.  It  has also defined the rules for non-interfering and efficient use of underutilized spectrum through a co-existence and interference management protocol. The capacity building module will be composed of competence building  seminars  and  exercises  promoting  research  and  development  in  shared  spectrum  wireless broadband networks and also provide project sustainability frameworks to the TVWS broadband network experimental  deployment  in  Ghana.  The  CSIR  as  the  lead  institution  in  this  project  will  provide leadership,  capacity  building,  and experimental  network planning experience sharing in  collaboration with  Ghana  Technology  University  College  (GTUC).  The  capacity  building  module  will  provide information  on  concepts,  research  and  experimental  results  on  how to  utilize  white  space  spectrum channels, to build operational shared spectrum broadband networks  and to provide affordable Internet access  to  communities  of  users  &  service  providers:  such  as  Schools,  Health  Clinics,  Agri-centres, Municipalities…..  The  final  outcome of the  capacity  building module  will  be a  proposal  for a  do-it-yourself (DIY) guide for running such a project with other partners. Initiating research & innovations in dynamic spectrum sharing and experimental labs in TVWS Networks and development of course modules for  postgraduate  research  and  educational  departments  in  dynamic  spectrum  wireless  broadband communications networks, will be a focus.