White spaces pilot launched in Namibia
Namibia’s MyDigitalBridge Foundation, in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia, and with the support of Microsoft and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia, has launched a pilot project called Citizen Connect, designed to bring broadband access to the people of Namibia.
The pilot uses white spaces technology to deliver high-speed and affordable internet access through unused television frequency, providing critical access to technology in remote and disadvantaged areas.
MyDigitalBridge is a Namibian not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of marginalized communities through equitable access to technology. The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) is a development program funded by the United States government to help reduce poverty through economic growth. This collaboration was created between MyDigitalBridge, MCA-N, and the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, was launched today to help improve Africa’s global competitiveness.
The TV white spaces network in Namibia is expected to come online in the first half of 2014, connecting 34 schools and school circuit offices across the Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshana regions. The network will enable these schools to have affordable access to high-speed broadband for the first time, allowing them access to a broad variety of content and rich online services.
MyDigitalBridge says the network will also help further the goals of the Government of Namibia to bring universal and affordable broadband access and improved educational opportunities to its people. Additionally, MyDigitalBridge will make this infrastructure available to third party social entrepreneurs working to extend the reach of existing and new government e -services to currently unconnected citizens.