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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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Microsoft and Seattle bring fast, free Wi-Fi to popular city attraction

March 2015

Microsoft and the City of Seattle are teaming up to bring fast, free Wi-Fi to people who visit Seattle Center, a spacious city attraction that hosts major festivals and draws tourists from around the world.

The pilot program – part of Mayor Ed Murray’s efforts to bring high-speed Internet access to city residents – uses “TV white space” technology, delivering broadband through unused television channels. The new system lets users browse at speeds more than 5,000 times faster than they could before.

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Seattle Center Project

Microsoft and the City of Seattle are teaming up to bring fast, free Wi-Fi that uses “TV white space” technology to people who visit Seattle Center, a spacious city attraction that hosts major festivals and draws tourists from around the world.

Botswana Pilot Project

Using TV white spaces to bring internet connectivity and telemedicine services hospitals and clinics in outlying areas of Botswana. (more)

Jamaica Pilot Project

Microsoft is providing technical support for technology deployment of a TV White Spaces pilot in partnership with the Universal Service Fund of Jamaica, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Jamaica, Microsoft and NetHope, Inc., to promote national development of broadband-based information and communication technologies in Jamaica.

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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