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‘Super Wi-Fi’ poised for growth in U.S., elsewhere

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Move over Wi-Fi, there’s a new wireless technology coming.

So-called “Super Wi-Fi,” which offers a bigger range than existing hotspots, is being deployed in the United States and generating interest in a number of countries, including Britain and Brazil.

Super Wi-Fi is not really Wi-Fi because it uses a different frequency and requires specially designed equipment, but it offers some of Wi-Fi’s advantages, and more.

The name was coined by the US Federal Communications Commission in 2010, when it approved the deployment of unused broadcast television spectrum, or so-called “white spaces,” for wireless broadband.

The long range and use of the broadcast spectrum could allow wireless signals to travel farther than Wi-Fi — in theory as far as 100 miles (160 kilometers) — although for practical reasons the range will probably be only a few miles.

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