Microsoft to bring Internet access to rural South Africa

Microsoft Wants to Bring Internet Access to 40 Million People by 2022

Microsoft to bring Internet access to rural South Africa

Microsoft's post says, "through the new global track of the Airband Initiative, our goal is to extend internet access to 40 million unserved and underserved people around the globe by July 2022".

Something of note is that Microsoft doesn't seem to want to lay lines and then leave but rather empower locals who know their communities and are best placed to solve the challenges.

He added that as per their experience multi-stakeholder approach is needed for filling the connectivity gap. While we might go faster alone, we go much farther together. They will remove regulatory obstacles to TV White Space (unused broadcast frequencies) that will help their partners extend their networks to unserved rural areas.

"A wireless technology or a business model that is suitable for connecting customers in one location might not be suitable for connecting customers in another location", Shelley McKinley, the company's head of technology, wrote in the Microsoft blog post.

Partnering with local internet service providers (ISPs) to provide affordable, reliable internet services.

Microsoft said it would not simply connect these rural areas, but also drive digital transformation to support agriculture, education, rural entrepreneurship, and telemedicine, while also developing off-grid energy sources where necessary.

Alongside the expansion, Microsoft says it aims to bring broadband to 40 individuals with no high-speed internet access.

Airband as an initiative appears to work but it does require assistance from folks in the country. There are still pockets of people around the world that are not connected to the Internet.

The 2017 Airband initiatives of Microsoft arranged the efforts for building out internet access across the United States, and now it is applying the same method to its work access in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

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