e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

The White Space Opportunity in Southern Africa: Measurements with Meraka Cognitive Radio Platform

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        author={Moshe Masonta and David Johnson and Mjumo Mzyece},
        title={The White Space Opportunity in Southern Africa: Measurements with Meraka Cognitive Radio Platform},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={cognitive radio GNU radio spectrum management universal software radio peripheral television white spaces},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_6}
    }
    
  • Moshe Masonta
    David Johnson
    Mjumo Mzyece
    Year: 2012
    The White Space Opportunity in Southern Africa: Measurements with Meraka Cognitive Radio Platform
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_6
Moshe Masonta, David Johnson1, Mjumo Mzyece2
  • 1: Univeriry of California
  • 2: Tshwane Univeristy of Technology

Abstract

The global migration of television (TV) from analogue to digital broadcasting will result in more spectrum bands (known as TV white space), previously used in analogue broadcasting, becoming available and unoccupied. A question is on how much white space is available and how can it be used opportunistically and dynamically without causing harmful interference to licensed users? In this paper, we present work that is currently ongoing in our research lab with regard to the use of cognitive radio for accessing TV white spaces. We discuss the Meraka Cognitive Radio Platform (MCRP) developed using the second version of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral hardware and the GNU Radio software. We also present early results of the measurements conducted using the MCRP in rural and urban Southern Africa areas. The measurement results indicate that there are substantial white spaces available in both rural and urban areas for digital dividend.