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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to accelerate development and adoption of a next-generation information infrastructure for low cost communication services.

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has signed the MoU with The WhiteSpace Alliance to advance the use of low cost 5G networks especially in developing countries.

The two will focus on using tv band spectrum to deliver rural broadband, e-commerce, e-health, smart cities and smart grid services.

The tv band spectrum will be used to deliver fixed wireless broadband services at distances up to 30 km.

The sprectrum is ideal to provide middle- and last-mile connectivity where wired infrastructure is not cost effective to deploy, and vegetation makes traditional line-of-sight wireless solutions unreliable.

The IEEE and WhiteSpace Alliance will jointly develop and execute a specific project plan on an annual basis.

The aim is deliver services to underserved consumers.

Dr. Apurva N. Mody, chairman of WhiteSpace Alliance, said: “This agreement is a significant, formal expansion of our ongoing involvement in IEEE activities.

 “IEEE-SA is the world’s preeminent body for identifying, developing and approving interoperable communication standards. Many WSA members are active contributors to these development discussions, and often chair important IEEE standards committees. We look forward to applying our collective expertise in next-generation communication technologies to help bridge the Digital Divide.”

WhiteSpace Alliance, developer of Wi-FAR™ and WSAConnect™ interoperability specifications, has a following of more than 200 major commercial, academic, government and regulatory organizations around the world.