Microsoft today launched a new online intellectual property (IP) portal called the Microsoft 4Afrika IP Hub. Microsoft has developed this portal to create an IP protection culture in Africa. The sad thing is, most African innovators function on the premise that the idea is theirs until someone else takes it to market, or duplicates it. Innovators must have proof of ownership to be able to market or sell their innovation. Many do not know this, and for those that do, the process of filing IP protection can be long, manual and intimidating The IP Hub will offer developers and independent software vendors the skills and tools necessary to develop, protect and monetize their innovations. The portal will pilot in Kenya for two years, after which it will be handed over to the local government with similar pilots being rolled out to other African countries. “The Microsoft 4Afrika innovation goal is to bring to market ...

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TV white spaces are the the unused frequencies in the wireless spectrum band dedicated to television. Lots of technology companies including Microsoft are working to unlock the potential in these TV White Spaces. They are trying to use this spectrum for creating cheaper, more ubiquitous and higher-bandwidth wireless broadband connectivity. Currently, Microsoft is involved in pilot projects in 10 countries spanning four continents. Today, they announced a new project in Ghana is the series of TV white spaces deployments in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. The new pilot in Ghana, a part of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, is a commercial partnership with SpectraLink Wireless and a research partnership with Facebook. The pilot is designed to enable university students and faculty members at universities in Koforidua to enjoy always-on and fast Internet access. The network will be coupled with a productivity and communications application solution from Microsoft, as well as a ...

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Microsoft has launched a pilot project in the rural Limpopo province of South Africa that aims to deliver high-speed and affordable broadband to underserved communities using so-called “white spaces” technology.  The focus of the pilot will be to prove that TV white spaces can be used to meet the South African government’s goals of providing low-cost access for a majority of South Africans by 2020.  The pilot is a joint effort between Microsoft, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University of Limpopo and local network builder Multisource. It will use TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations to provide low-cost wireless broadband access to five secondary schools in remote parts of the Limpopo province.  The project will use the University of Limpopo as a hub for a white space network deployment that will provide nearby schools in local communities with wireless connectivity. The project will also provide each of ...

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