Microsoft and Google perform trials for TV White Spaces in Africa

Technology & Convergence

While Microsoft is working on providing TV White Space Internet connectivity in Kenya, Google announced on Monday, March 25, that it would perform trials for TV White Spaces in Cape Town, South Africa.

Google announced on its Google Africa blog that it would perform White Space trials in 10 schools around Cape Town to prove to local broadcasters that TV White Space Internet technology does not interefere with television channels.

TV White Space technology attempts to harness the unused channels in the television spectrum to allow for wireless broadband Internet connectivity. Due to the way in which wireless transmission works, Internet connectivity in this manner can be maintained without the need for expensive installations of wiring, yet provide good service.