Microsoft to help solve Africa’s internet access issues

Microsoft to help solve Africa’s internet access issues

Microsoft to help solve Africa’s internet access issues

Microsoft are piloting methods that allow them to beam internet to areas of Africa that otherwise wouldn’t have access. The technology uses ‘TV white spaces’ (which are basically unused frequencies).

If all goes to plan this will allow access to speeds of up to 2mbps for its users which at first are to be the surrounding schools of the University of Limpopo.

One issue with this potential technology is the fear that it may affect the frequencies that are current used to broadcast the TV channels, however Microsoft claim that this will not be an issue.

Pupils at the affected sites have expressed their pleasure, while critics have commented that at some areas where they lack even the basics such as electricity, this connectivity will be of little use.

 

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