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Microsoft Group, through its Microsoft 4 Africa initiative, is partnering with local ISPs in several countries in Africa including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania to provide affordable broadband connectivity using TV white spaces (TVWS) technology.


  • Demand for broadband services in Africa is at an all-time high. Africa is recording very high demand for broadband services due to improved connectivity and increased broadband penetration, creating an opportunity for new broadband players to venture into the market.
  • Alternative technologies are key to providing broadband connectivity in rural and underserved areas.
  • Partnerships will play an important role in bridging the broadband gap in developing markets.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes Microsoft's strategy of using TVWS technology to provide broadband connectivity in developing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Identifies the opportunities and challenges in using TVWS as an alternative technology to provide broadband connectivity.

Key questions answered

  • What is Microsoft's strategy in using TVWS technology to provide broadband connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of deploying TVWS-based broadband networks in emerging markets?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Using TVWS technology to address rural broadband connectivity challenges in Africa

  • Setting the business context
  • Bringing the strategy to life
  • Outcome assessment


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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