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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Spectrum, the airwaves over which wireless devices communicate, is increasingly in demand throughout the world. As mobile broadband access is expanding and unprecedented numbers of smart devices come online, efficient use of wireless spectrum becomes increasingly important. The Microsoft Spectrum Observatory was created to provide an intuitive presentation of wireless spectrum usage in locations around the world. Usage information is recorded through monitoring stations and is stored and processed for visualization through the Microsoft Azure cloud. The data is then easily accessible and freely available to the public. Microsoft recently released all of the source code for the Microsoft Spectrum Observatory under the Apache 2.0 license, increasing the opportunity for collaboration among academics, governments and others interested in learning more about how wireless spectrum is used. “The data provided by the [Microsoft] Spectrum Observatory is particularly useful for government regulators throughout the world, who are increasingly looking for new methods ...

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