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Britain Could Switch Off Airport Radar and Release 5G Spectrum 175

judgecorp writes "Britain is considering switching off air traffic control radar systems and using "passive radar" instead. A two year feasibility study will consider using a network of ground stations which monitor broadcast TV signals and measure echoes from aircraft to determine their location and velocity. The system is not a new idea — early radar experiments used BBC shortwave transmitters as a signal source before antenna technology produced a transceiver suitable for radar — but could now be better than conventional radar thanks to new antenna designs and signal processing techniques. It will also save money and energy by eliminating transmitters — and release spectrum for 5G services."
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Britain Could Switch Off Airport Radar and Release 5G Spectrum

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  • by Pax681 ( 1002592 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @04:57AM (#42893509)

    Yeah given the fact the UK has had only 4 TV channels for decades, took another decade to add a 5th channel, and reception is piss poor unless you live under an antenna.

    And UK is one of the bussiest airspaces in the world.

    I do not like this one bit.

    um.. we have about 50 channels or so on broadcast TV now and countless bullshit channels factoring in satellite and cable
    i get a better reception on the digital channels than i did on the analogue set up... not that i watch it much tbh... it's 99% shit which is generally what happens with hundreds of channels... that and fucking repeats

  • I'm waiting for 8G (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gsgriffin ( 1195771 ) on Thursday February 14, 2013 @09:49AM (#42894981)
    I don't upgrade every year. I'm just waiting for 8G so the speeds will actually be as claimed for 4G

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