Trial connects ten Cape schools to Web using ‘television white spaces’
May 10, 2013 Editor 0
Ten schools in the Cape Town area have been connected to the Internet at speeds of 4 MB/s using unused ultra-high frequency spectrum between 480 MHz to 690 MHz reserved for television broadcasting, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute manager Dr Ntsibane Ntlatlapa. The ten schools are participating in the first trial in South Africa to study the effects of and potential to connect underserviced regions to the Internet using television white spaces (TVWS), which encompass the currently unused frequencies reserved for television broadcasting. Unused frequencies vary depending on regions, channels and time of day.
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