Browse Definitions :
Definition

WRAN (wireless regional area network)

Wireless regional area network (WRAN) is a networking technology that uses underutilized parts of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum to provide Internet connectivity for homes and businesses, particularly in underserved areas.

While Wi-Fi coverage typically extends only a few blocks, WRAN uses wireless signals in the 400 to 700Mhz range, which enable greater range and penetration of obstacles. A customer premise equipment (CPE) device for WRAN can connect to an  ISP  (Internet service provider) network at ranges over 33 kilometers and as far as 100 km in exceptional cases.

WRAN also features cognitive radio capabilities, enabling access points to negotiate with one another to avoid interference better than existing wireless technologies. WRAN is particularly well suited to rural use where both broadband service and interfering radio frequencies are less common. WRAN may make impacts on the use of more expensive and less effective ways of connecting to the Internet, such as mobile data and satellite Internet.

The unused spectrum, known as white space, was left vacant by the discontinuation of analog broadcast television.  The underused frequencies (470-710Mhz) previously reserved for TV signals were made available for unlicensed use by a decision of the FCC in September 2010. The FCC’s decision made the 54 to 862 MHz range available for residential and business networking and the IEEE 802.11af and 802.22 working groups developed White Space Wi-Fi and WRAN (respectively) to operate in that range. White Space Wi-Fi, also known as White-Fi, is expected to make mobile data more affordable.

See a tutorial on white space networking:

This was last updated in June 2016

Continue Reading About WRAN (wireless regional area network)

SearchNetworking
SearchSecurity
  • man in the browser (MitB)

    Man in the browser (MitB) is a security attack where the perpetrator installs a Trojan horse on the victim's computer that is ...

  • Patch Tuesday

    Patch Tuesday is the unofficial name of Microsoft's monthly scheduled release of security fixes for the Windows operating system ...

  • parameter tampering

    Parameter tampering is a type of web-based cyber attack in which certain parameters in a URL are changed without a user's ...

SearchCIO
  • e-business (electronic business)

    E-business (electronic business) is the conduct of business processes on the internet.

  • business resilience

    Business resilience is the ability an organization has to quickly adapt to disruptions while maintaining continuous business ...

  • chief procurement officer (CPO)

    The chief procurement officer, or CPO, leads an organization's procurement department and oversees the acquisitions of goods and ...

SearchHRSoftware
SearchCustomerExperience
  • first call resolution (FCR)

    First call resolution (FCR) is when customer service agents properly address a customer's needs the first time they call.

  • customer intelligence (CI)

    Customer intelligence (CI) is the process of collecting and analyzing detailed customer data from internal and external sources ...

  • clickstream data (clickstream analytics)

    Clickstream data and clickstream analytics are the processes involved in collecting, analyzing and reporting aggregate data about...

Close