Disputes over spectrum licensing policies are routine. So it is with potential TV white spaces spectrum in India, where trials are being considered. In general, Internet app interests prefer release of as much non-licensed spectrum as feasible, while mobile operators generally argue for licensed spectrum approaches.

White-Fi or television White-Space technology works like WiFi on a bigger scale, according to Prashant Shukla, national technology officer at Microsoft India. “This technology has potential to provide free connectivity ┬áto large sections of the Indian population through wider coverage and economical deployment and license-free access.”

TV white spaces are viewed as a viable new way to get Internet access to rural users affordably. Mobile operators naturally do not want more competition.

But there is a big market for rural access in India.