Microsoft to pull unused ‘white space’ spectrum to give free internet in India


Microsoft is planning to use unused “white space” that exists between two TV channels to convey internet connectivity to wide swathes of India. The software titan is trying the adequacy of this innovative technology by means of an experimental run program in two rural regions and if discovered to be effective and success, the project will see a more extensive launch.

Here’s the means by which Microsoft explains the technology:

“TV white spaces are the unused TV channels in any given market that could be used to deliver broadband access, services, and applications. TV white spaces devices and networks will work in much the same way as conventional Wi-Fi, but because the TV signals travel over longer distances and better penetrate walls and other obstacles, they require fewer access points to cover the same area. These excellent range and obstacle penetration characteristics explain why people increasingly refer to TV white spaces as ‘Super Wi-Fi.'”

Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik discussed the benefits and importance of this technology. He additionally said the difficulties identifying with digital infrastructure in the India and how the activity will have the capacity to bring cost sensitive solution.

“Wifi has a range of only about 100 metres, whereas the 200-300 MHz spectrum band available in the white space can reach up to 10 km. This spectrum belongs mainly to Doordarshan and the government and is not used at all. We have sought clearance for a pilot project in two districts.

The challenge is the lack of digital infrastructure across India. This initiative addresses this challenge in a cost-effective manner and creates an eco-system that will benefit everyone, including manufacturers of routers and other technology devices, other technology companies, besides Microsoft.”

Microsoft’s initiative is only one such project from its lab that are at present being attempted by the Indian government in its offered to give internet connectivity to all regions in the nation.

The Hindu

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