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Towards Affordable Broadband Communication: A Quantitative Assessment of TV White Space in Tanzania

Authors : Jabhera Matogoro, Nerey H. Mvungi, Anatory Justinian, Abhay Karandikar, Jaspreet Singh

Published in: Information and Communication Technology for Development for Africa

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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A quantitative assessment of TV White Space in Tanzania was conducted to assess the level of spectrum utilization as well as a key milestone towards the use of white space for affordable broadband communication. Two approaches have been used; pollution and protection viewpoints and experimental spectrum measurements based on energy detection principle. The study focused on 470–694 MHz UHF spectrum band which is used for digital terrestrial television in Tanzania. It was found that, more than 120 MHz is available as white space in various locations in Tanzania when pollution and protection view point was used and about 184 MHz are available as white space in Dodoma urban using experimental spectrum measurements and almost 100% of the available frequencies are not used in Dodoma rural. Both approaches revealed that there is low spectrum utilization and therefore presents a best case towards development of dynamic spectrum access technologies in Tanzania.
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While TV transmitters’ information is publicly available in other countries including US, it is not so in Tanzania. This information is only available upon request to Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.
 
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Metadata
Title
Towards Affordable Broadband Communication: A Quantitative Assessment of TV White Space in Tanzania
Authors
Jabhera Matogoro
Nerey H. Mvungi
Anatory Justinian
Abhay Karandikar
Jaspreet Singh
Copyright Year
2018
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95153-9_29

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