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: