Colombia, Microsoft partner to use white space for internet connectivity

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Colombian government and Microsoft have teamed up to deploy internet connections in remote areas of the country using white spaces TV technology

In television networks, white space refers to the unused wireless spectrum gaps left between channels for buffering purposes. This space is similar to what is used for 4G and so can be used to deliver widespread broadband internet.

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The partnership was announced by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and ICT minister David Luna Sánchez.

"This is going to revolutionize education in Colombia. This is the country we want to build, in peace, with equality, one that is better educated," Santos said.

Students from a school in the rural town of Aguadas also attended the launch event and are expected to benefit from the improved connectivity.

Through its Vive Digital inclusion program, Colombia has distributed tablets and portable devices. The aim is to go from the current average of six children per device to two children per device in 2018.