Google Announces A Fresh Trial For Ten Schools In Cape Town, South Africa Using TV White Spaces

Posted on Mar 25 2013 - 8:58pm by Editorial Staff


In an urge to offer better internet connectivity through improved spectrum usage, Google has announced a fresh trial for ten schools in Cape Town, South Africa. With a white space network, these schools will have access to wireless broadband taking advantage of “white spaces.” To broadcast the signal, the three base stations located at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Tygerberg, Cape Town will be used.

Talking over bit technical, the search giant says due to the unused white space travels on a low-frequency, it should be able to travel much longer distances, making it a perfect fit for the Cape Town, with having many rural areas with little or no telecommunications infrastructure and more densely populated urban areas, where connectivity still have to be improved.

Google supported its first white space trial in the US in 2010, and recently launched its spectrum database for 45 day public comment period with the FCC. The company working together with the CSIR Meraka Institute, Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa, e-Schools Network, the Wireless Access Providers’ Association, Comsol Wireless Solutions, Carlson Wireless, and Neul to take up the challenge.

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