Microsoft to bring high-speed and affordable internet to South Africa
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.
What do you think – Good Guy Microsoft?
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Yeah, this is sad in fact.
Anyways, getting back to the article, I think Microsoft is doing a neat job and taking all the right steps to win people over. Giving Europe special versions of 1020 for their beautiful faces. Giving Americans operator exclusive phones to cap the costs and reach out to the people to tickle their individualistic itch. Catering to china with more customized features to get it released in their country soon. And Nokia's romance with India is epic, so MS needs nothing done there. Now they're showing sweet loving to south Africa with fast internet. What next? Special edition phone to commemorate the royal baby in England? :D
The main two problems are speed and price. Even though it is sold as 10Mb/s, it is still hard to stream an SD Netflix video. And that 10Mb/s shaped uncapped costs around 140USD with usage restrictions.
And I'm pretty sure they were all ex-employees of McD's as well...
We're better of betting on the Mobile operators
We are currently on a 4MB line, but can now upgrade to 10MB which will cost R2000 per month. (US$1 / R10.22 as of 29/07/2013 if you want to compare prices)
Rural areas have no coverage except for 3G and satellite, which is still quite expensive, and speeds are not reliable on 3G.
Wish I was you right now.
I Appreciate your openness and keenness to explore more :)
Windows phones can also translate signposts or text in different languages using the camera so you can read those pesky nutrition labels on foreign canned goods. Nice precaution since you never know if what looked like a tasty beef noodle bowl is actually something else entirely nasty.