The Centre for Telecommunications Value-chain Research (CTVR) has been awarded the world’s first software-radio test licence. The licence will be used to investigate and develop more flexible ways of communicating to mobile devices, including ‘thinking radios’ and other cutting-edge communications systems.
Radio frequencies are valuable assets - particularly for mobile phone operators who have paid huge sums for them in the past – and as a result are very tightly regulated. Yet despite their commercial value, many parts of the frequency spectrum are under-utilised.
To investigate and develop products that can take advantage of these unused frequencies, researchers require access to frequency bands, a means of sensing current usage and a flexible system that can hop between the available bands. Science Foundation Ireland-backed CTVR already has the required software, so the awarding of the licence by ComReg opens up tremendous commercial opportunities, explained CTVR director, Professor Donal O’Mahony.
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