In a move that will see more people in Africa online, support the continent’s tech innovation ecosystem and have schools connected, 17 African countries are discussing the benefits of utilising TV White Spaces, unused spectrum between TV
The event focused on a few key themes that highlight the potential of TV White Spaces technology and how the countries can use them for broadband access in underserved areas.
According to the forum, TV White Space have the potential to help cover the last mile of Internet access, one of the biggest challenges to improving connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets.
The team added that TV White Spaces offer available and underutilized spectrum, allow signals to travel over long distances, and can enable a lower-cost alternative for broadband.
In Senegal, there is more than 90 MHz available in Dakar alone, and more across the country. The free spectrum could be turned over broadband.
According to Google, “Trials in Kenya, Malawi, Singapore, and the UK have demonstrated that white spaces can deliver broadband without interfering with licensed users of spectrum.