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[ NNSquad ] TV's white spaces connecting rural Africa

TV's white spaces connecting rural Africa

http://j.mp/Xd7Cft  (BBC)

    For the white spaces project, the company is working with a Kenyan
    ISP, Indigo Telecom, and the Kenyan government.  The ISP is installing
    wireless 'base stations' - or masts - that are solar-powered, to get
    round the lack of mains electricity.  The base stations act as a link
    to the nearest main cable connection to the internet, without the
    expense of extending the fibre-optic network.  The solar panels will
    power the bases stations - and also charge computer equipment The
    signal supplied is much more powerful than normal wifi.  "What we are
    calling TV white space, that is just a different set of frequencies.
    It is between 400 megahertz and about 800 megahertz, and those radio
    frequencies will just go further," says white spaces expert Professor
    Robert Stewart of Strathclyde University.

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