In order to provide internet connections to remote and inaccessible parts of India, Microsoft has now proposed to the telecom department of India for the deployment of its TV WhiteSpace technology for a pilot project in Bengaluru. Utilizing free TV WhiteSpace allows Microsoft to provide wireless connectivity across a 10 km radius, and speeds of up to 16Mbps. Microsoft is already testing this project in several African countries.
Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has discussed the matter with the Wireless Planning & Coordination wing of the telecom department to which it submitted the proposal four weeks ago. The idea is to provide cost-effective connectivity, the company’s India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told ET.
Reaching homes, schools, hospitals and other institutions may require wireless technology, especially in hard-to-reach areas. This is where the technology giants such as Facebook and Microsoft sniff an opportunity to deploy their respective technologies.”I believe TV WhiteSpace can be the affordable answer to last-mile connectivity challenges in India, especially for remote areas that lack electricity and other infrastructure,” Pramanik said. It costs less than Rs 10 lakh to install a WhiteSpace technology router..
In India, Microsoft would make use of as much as 19% of spectrum unused by Doordarshan, the national TV broadcaster, in the sub gigahertz band.
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