Ultra-Wideband technology given UK go-ahead by Ofcom

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uwb-logo.jpgUltra Wideband (UWB) technology, which allows devices to communicate wirelessly at high speed over relatively short distances, has been given the go-ahead by Ofcom to be used unlicensed in the UK.

Normally, equipment which uses a part of the radio spectrum requires a license from Ofcom in order that any interference between different users can be managed. However, UWB technology has a low power output and shouldn’t interfere with other signals.

Devices that use UWB technology will be able to stream data around at up to 2 gigabits per second at up to 30 metres, although it will also have uses in new wireless USB technology over shorter distances. There’s the potential for wirelessly streaming high definition content using Ultra Wideband technology.

Though UWB-based devices aren’t yet available to the consumer, the first batch of Wireless USB devices have just passed the certification process and should be available in the coming months.

Other EU members are also expected to introduce legislation to allow the unlicensed use of these devices.

Read HDTVUK’s initial coverage of UWB technology

Visit Extreme UWB for the latest information on the technology and products.

(Via BBC News)

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Andy Merrett