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Microsoft Brings White Space Broadband to Kenya
Where 2% Have Access to Broadband Connections
by Karl Bode 12:48PM Tuesday Feb 05 2013
On the heels of yesterday's rather odd new-but-not-new national rediscovery of White Space broadband comes the news that Microsoft is aiming the technology at developing nations in Africa. According to a Microsoft blog post, the company is partnering with a local ISP to use TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations to deliver low-cost broadband to Kenya, where less than 2% of the public have access to broadband.

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The specific technology used is dynamic spectrum access, which enables wireless devices to opportunistically tap into unused radio spectrum to establish broadband connections.

According to Microsoft, the initial deployment in Nanyuki, Kenya provided connectivity to a healthcare clinic, a primary school, two secondary schools and a community center. Fourteen additional deployments covering 6,000 people will arrive over the next few months.

"We believe our work in Kenya serves as strong proof that true commercial deployment of white spaces technology not only makes good business sense, but could have a key role in delivering on the promise of universal access for Africa – significantly reducing barriers to affordable broadband access faced by almost half the world’s population," insists Microsoft.

Microsoft is only one of a significant number of technology companies trying to get in on the ground floor of what's expected to be a massive explosion in technology consumption and demand across Africa. Google recently was willing to put their net neutrality principles in the back seat and pony up a content troll toll to regional incumbent Orange just to get a leg up in the wireless market.

As part of the Wireless Innovation Alliance Microsoft haspushed for White Space broadband here in the States, though the technology remains stuck in political and anti-competitive purgatory.

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Mike
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Internet... Check

Now let's work on this whole food / water thing next.
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Yes, because no one in the whole country has food or water.

Mike
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52% of Kenya is living in poverty.

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so is most of the US.

Mike
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12.2%

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I was off, but you low-balled it also. 16%(2010)

»news.yahoo.com/revised-govt-form···317.html

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My figures were older (2000). Fair enough.
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Why would schools or companies within the country want decent communications infrastructure never mind the people who are not poor..

hitachi369
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said by Mike:

52% of Kenya is living in poverty.

Poverty does not mean without water or food.
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Wish Bill Gates would figure out what he really wants to do with Africa. Does he want to sterilize them through vaccinations or does he want to advance their dark age cultures with giving them internet?!?

We've got enough spammers/scammers from Africa, do we really need anymore?!?

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what does Bill Gates have to do with in this story?
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The story is about Microsoft bringing the Internet to Africa. Isn't Billy still Microsoft's biggest stock holder? Bill & Melinda have also funded lots of vaccinations in Africa.

»www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-gate···435.html

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said by TexasRebel:

Wish Bill Gates would figure out what he really wants to do with Africa. Does he want to sterilize them through vaccinations or does he want to advance their dark age cultures with giving them internet?!?

We've got enough spammers/scammers from Africa, do we really need anymore?!?

Right, because our "culture" here is so much more avanced. Ignorant statements such as yours never cease to amaze me.
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said by Mike:

Now let's work on this whole food / water thing next.

Or this whole rebels killing kids and women in the middle of the night thing.
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Africa

Wow in this day and age talk of Africa still brings out the worst in people.

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said by xmarklive:

Wow in this day and age talk of Africa still brings out the worst in people.

Tell me about it and I am going again soon.