White Space Pilot Program Off The Ground In Botswana

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Written by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba | From IT Web Africa

Southern African nation Botswana has become the latest African country to launch a TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project.

TVWS taps unused portions of spectrum in frequency bands – commonly used to deliver television channels – to provide wireless broadband services.

The technology has been rolled out by Microsoft and other partners in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa.

The Botswana project is dubbed Project Kgolagano and forms part of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative.

Microsoft will collaborate with the Botswana Innovation Hub, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), Global Broadband Solutions, Vista Life Sciences, BoFiNet, Adaptrum and USAID-NetHope.

According to Microsoft the project will provide internet connectivity and telemedicine services to local hospitals and clinics, which will enable access to specialised medicine in Gaborone and other locations around the world.

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