White Spaces and Microsoft

In this video Paul Mitchell, Microsoft´s General Manager for Technology Policy explains the company´s involvement in various white spaces pilots and trials over the past 10 years. He describes how white spaces, which are basically unused parts of the licensed TV spectrum, can provide ¨access to an underutilized resource that can dramatically change the lives of people in developing countries, to create connectivity to the web and to be able to access the information and educational resources and participate in the digital economy is a major goal for developing countries. TV white spaces represents a dramatically less expensive approach to bringing this kind of activity to bear than other approaches.¨ Microsoft started pilots into this area about 10 years ago, first on their corporate campus, and later they did a trial in Cambridge, UK. This trial, conducted in partnership with 16 other companies, showed that the system works ´amazingly well´. There are now ongoing trials in Singapore and with Indigo Telecom in Kenya. Why is Microsoft so interested in this? Because broadband connectivity is both unaffordable and unavailable in the to a large percentage of the population of the world, and it´s in their business interest to get that part of the world connected.