Microsoft to expand TV white spaces Airband Initiative globally

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2019

In a bid to connect billions of people that do not have access to Internet connectivity, tech giant Microsoft, through its Airband Initiative, now aims to extend Internet access to 40 million underserved people globally by July 2022.

Microsoft will begin with "areas with significant underserved populations"-Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa-which also have government interest in improving connectivity for its residents".

McKinley said that Microsoft will work with local ISPs who know the geography and unique needs of their respective communities to solve their last-mile connectivity problems.

"Our experience has shown us that a multi-stakeholder approach is needed to close the connectivity gap", the blog post continued. While we might go faster alone, we go much farther together.

On the announcement blog post, Shelley McKinley-the head of technology and corporate responsibility, Microsoft wrote that a wireless technology or a business model that is best for linking customers in one area might not be the best choice for connecting the customers in some other area. They will remove regulatory obstacles to TV White Space (unused broadcast frequencies) that will help their partners extend their networks to unserved rural areas.

Building a larger ecosystem of support, with a focus on stimulating worldwide financing, to scale connectivity projects beyond our own direct investments. Speaking frankly, that's better than Microsoft arriving in Africa, laying cables and then leaving.

"There are too many things that divide us in the world today". Microsoft will create the worldwide track of the Airband Initiative to help deliver internet access to more people.

Microsoft has got the plans of connecting 40 million people across the globe to the internet by 2022.

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