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White Space Networks for Machine to Machine (M2M) Services

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressRewley House
OX1 2JA map
Subject area(s)Electronic Engineering
FeesFrom £395.00
Application statusDates to be confirmed - Not yet accepting applications
Course codeO12C752H6Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 286958.


Understanding Weightless

We can accept registrations up to 2 days before the course start date if you provide a purchase order or credit/debit card details.

M2M connections are anticipated to reach more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020. White space networks could have a key role in supporting these huge number of connections to fulfil the vision of a truly ubiquitous wide area network i.e. the emergence of 'the Internet of Everything'.

Please send me details about future White Space Networks for Machine to Machine (M2M) Services courses.

All delegates can purchase a copy of William Webb's book "Understanding Weightless: Technology, Equipment and Network Deployment for M2M Communications in White Space" for £40.


White Space networks take advantage of the empty fragments of spectrum interspaced between frequencies in use. White Spaces are significant because regulators in UK and USA have opened up portions of spectrum originally used by analogue TV for use by White Space applications. Other countries are expected to follow suit. This initiative frees up to 150MHz of high quality spectrum. In comparison, typical nationwide 3G networks have to make do with only 30MHz of spectrum. While 3G spectrum cost billions of dollars, white space radio spectrum is available free of charge. This has the potential to bring new innovation to the market and provide new services to customers.

White Space devices are expected to have a range of miles instead of feet (in comparison to WiFi). Their signals are expected to travel through physical obstacles like walls, trees etc just like conventional broadcast signals. Also, they are expected to deliver network speeds comparable to current 3G and 4G technology.

Despite these advantages, White Space spectrum has some unique limitations. These limitations arise primarily from the need to avoid interference with existing services like broadcast. Avoiding interference is a complex and dynamic process. The challenge is not only to find empty frequencies but also to refer back to an online database to see if things have changed.

One of the key applications for White space networks is Machine to Machine (M2M) services.

Programme details

  • What is white space?
  • Understanding the concepts and characteristics of white space networks
  • Regulatory approach and spectrum allocation
  • Challenges and complexity of white space networks (greyspace, good neighbour issues etc)
  • Implied technologies
  • Economics of white space devices
  • Possible applications in the M2M space- Continuous monitoring of vehicles, firmware upgrades for vehicles, networking for the smart grid, asset tracking of goods on the move, remote health monitoring and diagnosis, home and industrial building automation, security and control, defence and security, environmental monitoring and control etc.
  • Current status and current white space standards



Prof William Webb

Role: Speaker

CEO, Weightless SIG

Professor William Webb BEng, MBA, PhD, CEng, FREng FIET, FIEEE.

William was one of the founding...more

Mr Ajit Jaokar

Role: Speaker

Author and Big Data/IoT/Telecoms Specialist

Ajit Jaokar is the founder of the London based research company futuretext which...more


Sample Certificate

Participants who satisfy the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample is an illustration only.


Rewley House Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Standard Course Fee: £395.00
Course fee plus copy of textbook: £435.00

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Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958
Email: telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk

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Programmes including this module

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