LONDON – Neul Ltd. has announced some more details of its first white-space radio network called Neulnet and the standard behind that Neul has dubbed Weightless.
The company has said it intends to make its money partly by the control of data that passes over a potentially global "white space" network and through databases it will control, and partly by the sale of equipment and the licensing of production details relevant to the white-space M2M standard that it is now finalizing.
The company was formed in 2010 by some of the original founders of Cambridge Silicon Radio, which went on to become CSR plc on success providing single-chip CMOS implementations of the Bluetooth standard. But Neul does not intend to be a chip company, but rather a technology enabler for other companies. It's network is intended for machine-to-machine communications and to operate in the license-free and payment-free "white-space spectrum" between 400- and 800-MHz being made available by the retirement of analog television broadcasting.
Although the company is starting in the United Kingdom the company said the principles are applicable globally as just about all broadcast television is in the UHF band and just about all governments are digitizing those broadcasts creating white-space opportunities. Signals in these frequencies can travel long distances and easily penetrate walls. This makes white space radio suitable for long-range applications that require wide-area connectivity.
Neul offers an FCC-certifiable white-space network in a box
One question that springs to mind. Given that the white-space radio spectrum between 400-MHz and 800-MHz is unlicensed and free to use, is there anything to stop a rival broadcasting in that area as a "spoiler" to NeulNET so long as they don't interfere with the digital TV broadcasts?
This comprehensive M2M infrastructure support, from the means to access this "white space" itself, the "Weightless" standard to build on, and down to (I think) IP for the terminal design, is exactly the foundation that the M2M concept has been crying out for.
Prepare for a fast growing ecosystem around this standard!