IT giant Microsoft has proposed a pilot project in Bengaluru to offer high-speed Internet deploying TV WhiteSpace technology.
Microsoft has similar Internet projects in other developing countries like Africa. TV white spaces, the unused portions of wireless spectrum in the frequency bands generally used for television, are well-suited for delivering low-cost broadband access to rural and other unserved communities.
For instance, Microsoft’s Kenyan mobile broadband project uses TV white spaces to offer low-cost broadband access to rural. The network utilizes TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations. This pilot in Africa, announced in February 2013, is part of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative.
A telecom news report in Economic Times said Microsoft has submitted a proposal to the Wireless Planning & Coordination wing of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) four weeks ago.