Microsoft launches white spaces pilot in South Africa

Microsoft Sign on German campus Johannes HemmerleinMicrosoft's new Internet project is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative. (Image source: Johannes Hemmerlein)Microsoft has launched a new programme in South Africa that will aim to find ways of providing affordable broadband Internet across Africa

The multinational software corporation announced its first white spaces project in Kenya at the beginning of the year, which is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative.

Microsoft plans on using TV white spaces alongside with solar power stations to offer low-cost and wireless Internet access to five schools in the South African Limpopo province, it said.

Mteto Nyati, managing director of Microsoft SA stated that the project aims to provide access, improve skills and innovation opportunities to young people and entrepreneurs across Africa

“Technology holds enormous potential for many aspects of development, but it is particularly key to areas such as education and healthcare,” Nyati said.

“Reducing the cost of broadband access means millions more South Africans will get online. This will create new opportunities for education, healthcare, commerce and the delivery of government services across the country.”

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