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03 September 2012
Carlson Wireless believes white space technology is the future hope for rural connectivity. Robert Anderson investigates why.
Almost three decades ago, one man decided to make it his
life mission to find a solution to the lack of connectivity to
remote and rural areas.
The journey that was to follow would bring his technology to
not just the rural areas of the US, but some of the most remote
places in the world, including the icy shores of Antarctica. It
has now led him to discover the potential of white space
technology, which he firmly believes can change the face of
rural connectivity forever.
Jim Carlson first embarked on his quest to develop, build and
market fixed-wireless telecommunications systems for remote and
rural users in 1986. He began by modifying two-way radio
equipment to provide a standard telephone system for residents
in his local neighbourhood, branding it the OptaPhone.
Gradually the OptaPhone Systems brand went nationwide,
providing the technology to support telephone services to low