IIT Bombay team was commended for their extraordinary contribution and pioneering work on proliferation of the WhiteSpaces to enable “Digital India” rural broadband connectivity. IIT Bombay conducted an extensive field trial using TV whitespace in several villages in the Palghar region of India. The trial equipment demonstrated bandwidth of 11Mbps over non-line of sight distance of more than seven kilometers.
- National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
NICT is commended for their pioneering work on implementing the first IEEE 802.22 prototype that is based on the WSA Wi-FAR™ specification. They are also commended for their pioneering work on implementing a wide variety of standards-based prototypes for WhiteSpaces. NICT recently announced their prototype standards-compliant 802.11af chipset, the first baseband integrated circuit for TV whitespace wireless local area networks.
The awards were presented at the recent WhiteSpace Alliance Global Summit in New Delhi, India.