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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Microsoft and Google -as well as Dell, HP, Phillips and Intel- have expressed an interest in using ‘white spaces’ in their devices in order to provide their users with the convenience of widespread broadband access.  The white-space spectrum used by Microsoft is between 512-698 megahertz, offering a longer range than the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks we use currently, thus allowing people in rural areas to have better signal. The rumour is that Microsoft is planning to offer free WIFI as a value-added feature on Nokia’s handsets, with Senior government sources telling The Sunday Telegraph that Microsoft and Google have expressed “extreme interest” in unused sections of airwaves known as white spaces The two companies are rumored to looking to offer nation-wide WIFI to their smartphone users in UK using White Spaces spectrum. To clarify, white spaces are gaps between airwaves used for television, radio and mobile services, which are also used to prevent interference between ...

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