If the title of this post conjures images of meerkats in little space suits, you’re not alone, but it’s not really what all this is about. Have you ever heard of white space before? It’s the next internet disruption, according to some sources and it consists of the unused frequencies on the broadband spectrum. We won’t get into too much technical detail but it will be useful to know that using this technology can help millions of people who currently don’t have access to broadband finally have internet access just like the rest of us.
What do meerkats have to do with it? Nothing, except the fact that if you think they are cute, you can now stare at a screen all day and watch the little critters go about their lives thanks to this technology. Ofcom partnered with London Zoo and is now testing wireless technology and are using TV white space to broadcast live images of meerkats, Asian otters and giant Galapagos tortoises. While this test is hoping to improve ways we can monitor endangered species, once it’s fully developed, it will also help connect rural areas to the internet, as well as lowering overheads on current data services. Ofcom expects the technology to be rolled out in 2015 and we cannot wait!