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Microsoft’s TV White Spaces Mawingu Project Goes Live in Nanyuki

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Technology in the handsIn early 2013, Microsoft, the government of Kenya under the ministry of ICT and Indigo Telcom Ltd began testing TV white spaces in Nanyuki, Kenya to help users access low-cost internet expected at opening up opportunities for them.

Dubbed the Mawingu project, the firm recently unveilled 15 Wi-Fi hotspots in various centres in the town including areas such as Laikipia District Community Library, Matanya shopping centre, Burguret Dispensary and various schools in the county to help increase access to technology in the country.

“White spaces” are unused parts of the spectrum of radio frequencies originally set aside for analog television. Broadband delivered through TVWS has a stronger signal able to travel a longer distance over hills and around/through buildings than other wireless internet delivery methods.

The main reason behind the Mawingu pilot project is to improve technology access in the country. Apart from that, with this platform Kenya will experience new opportunities for commerce, education, healthcare and delivery of government services and not leaving out low-cost high speed wireless broadband.

The hotspots are expected to open up the rural areas in Kenya to technology, and more specifically in the education sector. The low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband will also create new opportunities for commerce, education, healthcare, and delivery of government services across Kenya.

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