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Title: The white space opportunity in Southern Africa: measurements with Meraka cognitive radio platform
Authors: Masonta, MT
Johnson, D
Mzyece, M
Keywords: Telecommunications
Computer sciences
TV white space
Spectrum bands
Meraka Cognitive Radio Platform
MCRP
Cognitive radio
Universal software radio peripheral
GNU radio
Spectrum management
Television
White spaces
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Masonta, MT, Johnson, D and Mzyece, M. The white space opportunity in Southern Africa: measurements with Meraka cognitive radio platform. 3rd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM), Zanzibar Islands, Tanzania, 23-24 November 2011. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, Volume 92, 2012, pp 64-73
Series/Report no.: Workflow;9116
Abstract: The global migration of television (TV) from analogue to digital broadcasting will result in more spectrum bands (known as TV white space), previously used in analogue broadcasting, becoming available and unoccupied. A question is on how much white space is available and how can it be used opportunistically and dynamically without causing harmful interference to licensed users? In this paper, we present work that is currently ongoing in our research lab with regard to the use of cognitive radio for accessing TV white spaces. We discuss the Meraka Cognitive Radio Platform (MCRP) developed using the second version of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral hardware and the GNU Radio software. We also present early results of the measurements conducted using the MCRP in rural and urban Southern Africa areas. The measurement results indicate that there are substantial white spaces available in both rural and urban areas for digital dividend.
Description: Published in Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, Volume 92, 2012, pp 64-73
URI: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_6?no-access=true
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_6
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6345
ISBN: 978-3-642-29092-3
ISSN: 978-3-642-29093-0
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