Cellular Wi-Fi and TV White Space
Many wireless networks rely on the Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11. Advantages of 802.11 are simplicity, reliability, and the wide availability of low cost implementations. In this project, an extension to the existing 802.11 standard towards support of cellular networks is developed, which will facilitate 802.11 to be applicable for wide-area broadband access using the so-called TV white space spectrum, as well as paired downlink and uplink spectrum allocated to cellular networks. The extension consists of the introduction of frequency division multiplex to 802.11, which is a spectrum access scheme well established in cellular networks such as GSM, IS-95, UMTS, and LTE. By applying this scheme, the low-cost and robust Wi-Fi technology may serve as candidate not only for TV white space networks but also for cellular networks.