Microsoft Launches First Commercial Internet Service Network Using TV White Spaces

Microsoft Whitespaces Africa
Microsoft 4Afrika in partnership with Spectra Wireless launched Africa’s first commercial service network utilising TV white spaces in Ghana. This network will allow people to buy affordable, high speed internet bundles and devices. Last year in May, Microsoft launched the pilot service and it was a success leading to commercial launch. Spectra Wireless is the first company in Africa to offer a consumer broadband Internet access service leveraging TV white space technology.

“Research by the Wi-Fi Alliance in the United States has revealed that 90% of students view access to Wi-Fi as critical to their success,” says Fernando de Sousa, General Manager Africa Initiatives at Microsoft. “High speed broadband offers students and teachers a way to access learning resources from all over the world, equalising the divide between developed and developing nations. While the initial pilot project in Ghana offered wireless broadband to universities, this new commercial service allows students to have their own internet bundles, determine their own usage and purchase an internet-enabled device for anytime, anywhere access and enhanced productivity.”

As part of the commercial pilot service, university students will be able to:

  • Purchase high speed internet bundles
  • Use relevant apps, including Microsoft Office 365 and The Microsoft Virtual Academy
  • Apply for zero-interest loans in partnership with UT Bank to purchase select, internet-enabled Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell and HP devices.

Read more about it here.

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