Nominet and Broadway Partners plan to extend white space broadband to other parts of Scotland and Wales using unused TV spectrum
The Isle of Arran is to become the first part of the UK to benefit from faster broadband powered by white space technology.
Nominet and Broadway Partners claim the arrival of white space broadband will help narrow the digital divide and aid tourism on the Scottish isle, the population of which swells from 5,000 to 25,000 during the peak visitor season.
White space radio uses gaps in the 470- 790 MHz frequencies reserved for Digital Terrestrial Television DTT and wireless microphones, choosing particular frequencies which are not occupied in a given location because of the pattern of TV transmitters.
However because the availability of white space radio spectrum depends on location, power level and the time of day, regulator Ofcom is maintaining a database on where the white spaces are and the power level that devices would need to be restricted to if they want to use them.
Trials have seen Wi-Fi tested on boats in Orkney and the Isle of Wight and sensors used to determine the risks of flood in Oxford.