TV White Space technology brings high speed internet access to Ghana

TV White Space technology (TVWS) is taking off in Ghana. Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika have launched Africa’s first commercial service network utilising TV white spaces in Ghana. They now offer university students in Ghana fast, affordable Internet bundles and zero-interest financing when purchasing a new device.

Spectra Wireless is the first company in Africa to offer a consumer broadband internet access service based on TVWS technology. The new commercial service allows students to have their own internet bundles, determine their own usage and purchase an internet-enabled device for anytime, anywhere access and enhanced productivity.

As part of the commercial pilot service, university students will be able to purchase high speed internet bundles, use relevant apps including Microsoft Office 365 and The Microsoft Virtual Academy as well as apply for zero-interest loans in partnership with UT Bank to purchase select, internet-enabled Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell and HP devices.
TVWS uses TV frequencies on a secondary basis and is now allowed in Ghana as long as TV is not interfered with. The technology drives up spectrum efficiency of TV bands in Ghana. TVWS pilots are being conducted in South Africa, Kenya and Malawi.

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