A project called TV White Spaces partnered with Indigo Telecom launched in February by Microsoft’s 4Afrika has been able to deliver internet access to 60,000 people in rural Kenya for as little as $1 a month. To do this, unused TV spectrum serve to provide high-speed broadband. This can be done since more and more African countries are moving from analogue to digital TV.
Eleven African countries have expressed their desire to use such technology to provide internet access to their populations and follow Indigo Telecom’s initiative in Kenya.
Peter HENDERSON, Chairman at Indigo Telecom said, “the project has created something incredibly useful and potentially life-changing for thousands of people.” He added that he, “expects to reach up to 80% of the country within two years.”