Net white space
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.