Pictures: Visit to Microsoft project in Central Kenya

Microsoft recently invited How we made it in Africa Editor-in-chief Jaco Maritz to Kenya to visit an innovative company, called Mawingu Networks, which is providing internet to businesses and individuals through TV white space technology. Mawingu, which has attracted investment from Microsoft (through its 4Afrika initiative), currently has over 1,000 wifi hotspots, connecting around 600 small businesses and over 11,000 active users to the internet.

White space refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum. Television networks leave gaps between channels for buffering purposes, and this space is similar to what is used for 4G and so it can be used to deliver broadband internet.

Below are some pictures from the trip:

On the bus from Nairobi to Nanyuki.

On the bus from Nairobi to Nanyuki.

At Mawingu Networks’ office.

At Mawingu Networks’ office.

Visiting a school which uses Mawingu Networks’ connectivity solutions.

Visiting a school which uses Mawingu Networks’ connectivity solutions.

A Mawingu agent in Nanyuki.

A Mawingu agent in Nanyuki.

Lidya Kiama, owner of a shop with the name Plan Better in Nanyuki town, is the top-selling merchant of Mawingu’s internet packages.

Lidya Kiama, owner of a shop with the name Plan Better in Nanyuki town, is the top-selling merchant of Mawingu’s internet packages.

Snow-capped Mount Kenya in background.

Snow-capped Mount Kenya in background.

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