You can say one thing about Google, it sure knows how to push the Internet’s buttons. The company has figured out the perfect way to spice up a dry technology trial: by partnering with London Zoo to use the wireless tech in question — white spaces spectrum — to stream live footage of animals on to YouTube. Specifically meerkats. Otters. And Galapagos Giant Tortoises.
Spectrum is a pretty dry topic at the best of times. White spaces spectrum is even more niche — we’re talking about bits of spectrum deliberately left unused within spectrum bands to create gaps or buffers between TV broadcasts to avoid interference between channels.
Various countries have been considering how these bits of valuable spectrum might be put to use, as TV broadcasts have gone digital and egged on by interested parties in the tech space — such as Google — who have a vested interest in spreading connectivity …
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