Microsoft has launched its second TV white space project in East Africa this year, this time establishing a pilot in Dar es Salaam that will use the technology to bring wireless broadband to university students in Tanzania’s largest city.
Like the project Microsoft launched earlier this year to trial white space broadband in rural Kenya, the pilot forms part of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, a $70m effort to bring smart devices, connectivity and technology training to African entrepreneurs, youth, developers and graduates.
Microsoft is working with the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (Costech) and local ISP UhuruOne to provide wireless broadband access to university students and faculties at the University of Dar es Salaam, among others.
UhuruOne will offer Windows 8 devices and service packages to universities in Dar es Salaam. The bundles will include a Windows 8 laptop or tablet, wireless broadband connectivity, along with applications and services. The organisations involved in the project are also working with banks to offer small loans to cover the cost of the packages.
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