Nigeria: “WhiteSpaces” Begins Private Beta To Introduce Affordable Internet
WhiteSpaces begins private beta with 250 beta users and 25,000 intending users who have shown interest.
Founder Mark Afolabi says: ” Internet access is a really big deal, with the 6-7% broadband penetration in Nigeria the Internet and the Web have transformed our lives and the way we live. Looking forward, we are seeing even more exciting developments and opportunities that will provide more benefits to more people in more places. We want to bring this opportunity to the unserved and underserved people. They’re going to use it to decide what kind of government they want, get access to quality and affordable healthcare for the first time ever, experience Education in a new dimension.”
TV white spaces are unused gaps between TV channels in the UHF spectrum. Since fewer TV stations broadcast in rural areas, TV white-space technology is a highly effective choice for rural communities, especially because UHF signal can penetrate foliage and works well in difficult terrain.
Pricing for WhiteSpaces is very competitive, there is a free plan that allocates free monthly data to users on a monthly basis, this data would be capped, and allows upgrade for paid plans, while paid plans will provide unlimited data to user for between 1,500-2,000 Naira monthly.
WhiteSpaces competitors include existing ISP’s and data providers. WhiteSpaces aims to differentiates itself in the market on ease of use, affordability and reliability.