Google to roll out TV White Spaces trial in South Africa

School childern South AfricaThe TVWS initative will be rolled out across 10 schools in Cape Town, South Africa aiming to improve internet connectivity in developing markets. (Image source: MegMoggington)Google, the Wireless Providers’ Association (WAPA) and associates have announced the start of a TVWS trial engaging 10 schools in South Africa's Cape Town region

The new Television White Spaces (TVWS) initiative would offer improved internet connectivity in developing markets where it is most needed, according to Luke Mckend, Google South Africa country manager.

“We are pleased to be part of this exciting new development – the first of its kind in South Africa – and look forward to opening discussions with policy makers around a regulatory framework that will support the wider use of TVWS to deliver wireless broadband Internet across the country,” said Mckend.

WAPA's role in the trial is testament to many years of work put in to creating more progressive and efficient spectrum management in South Africa, according to the company's chairperson, Christopher Geerdts.

Commenting on the new initiative, Geerdts said, “WAPA’s 150 member organisations are at the forefront of delivering broadband access to rural communities across South Africa and the TVWS initiative vastly increases the scope of what we can achieve.”

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