While Google is focusing on brining high speed fiber internet to Americans, Microsoft has its eye on South Africa. The company has teamed up with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University of Limpopo, and network builder Multisource to bring high-speed broadband to the region.
The South African government set a goal to bring low-cost internet access to a majority of South Africans by the year 2020.
Microsoft will be using a combination of TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations to show that it can deliver a low-cost wireless solution. The project is first aimed at five secondary schools in the Limpopo province.
In addition, the project will help provide the five schools with Windows tablets, projectors, education-related content, technical support, and solar panels for device charging.
Mteto Nyati, managing director of Microsoft South Africa, announced that the project is part of the company’s 4Afrika Initiative to bring innovative opportunities to young people and entrepreneurs across the continent.
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