04 Nov 2010
Analog television services in Australia are currently being switched off in phases, with the last signal due to go dark in late-2013.
The process will free up a contiguous block of spectrum from 694MHz and 820MHz, although regulator ACMA currently plans to follow ITU guidelines and use most of this frequency range for LTE.
CSIRO is also developing wireless backhaul using the same technology, aiming to combine isolated available channels into a single link ten times faster than current technology provides.
CSIRO drew international attention last year when it scored hundreds of millions of dollars from IT heavyweights such as Microsoft, Intel and Dell in a settlement to a patent battle over the 802.11 wireless standard.