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Microsoft Teams With the Government of Kenya and Indigo Telecom to Deliver Low-Cost, Solar-Powered Broadband Access Using Cutting-Edge TV White Space Technology. (image credit: Greg Von Doersten)

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Sharing Spectrum for Better Broadband, February 2015

Jim Beveridge, Director of International Technology Affairs, Microsoft

Last week marked a turning point for wireless communication in Europe. Ofcom, the UK’s independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, has decided to enable industry access to TV white spaces (TVWS) – the gaps between radio spectrum in frequency bands which are usually exclusively used for television transmissions.

Ofcom’s decision is a significant one because at the moment there simply isn’t enough capacity in the radio spectrum frequencies which allow for wireless communication across the airwaves. As the European Commission has pointed out, with demand for wireless broadband increasing across Europe, using existing spectrum more efficiently by facilitating the sharing of frequencies is essential.


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Pilot and Trial Press Mentions

Ghana Commercial Pilot

Commercial partnership with Internet service provider SpectraLink Wireless and research partnership with Facebook. (more)

Namibia Trial

Microsoft and partners successfully trial largest TV Whites Spaces project in the world.

South Africa Commercial Pilot

Microsoft lights up Limpopo to enhance the education experience. (more)

Philippines Trial

Microsoft is working with local stakeholders to improve the lives of fishermen in the Philippines. (more)

Kenya Commercial Pilot

Microsoft is working with key partners in Kenya to use TV White Spaces to deliver connectivity and learning access to remote villages in Kenya. (more)


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