Net white space

Net white space

Microsoft white space internet

Microsoft is pushing into white space in Africa, taking advantage of unused radio frequencies to provide Internet access at low cost. MS has been working with Mauritius-based Spectra Wireless to deploy equipment that transmits over unused white spaces in radio-frequency bands used by TV broadcasters, and the result is 80% cheaper online access.

MS has also been trialling the tech in India and is looking to develop a commercially viable service, though it needs to get spectrum-use approval. It’s estimated that 4Mbps white-space connectivity could come in at around $2 a month per user.

Google is also looking to provide cheap Internet access and is aiming to roll out its Loon balloon-based service in India next year.

http://www.brand-e.biz/brande/2015/2/17/technology/google-ready-to-launch-loon-and-makani-services

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