WhiteSpaces to provide cheap, fast internet in NigeriaStaff writer ▼ | July 14, 2014
TVWS are the vacant frequencies that can be made available for unlicensed use in areas where the spectrum is not in use by a licensed service such as television broadcasting station. The TVSW spectrum can be found between UHF (470-698 MHz) and VHF (54-216 MHz) bands. These spectrums have characteristics that make them highly effective for wireless communications.
WhiteSpaces want to provide Nigeria’s rural areas, internet connection using the UHF signal mainly because it can penetrate the foliage better and works effectively in the difficult terrains. It is also a viable option when it comes to densely populated areas, having demonstrated this before. It is also the ideal spectrum since it can be solar powered.
Currently, WhiteSpaces has launched in private beta and supports 250 beta users mainly comprising of low-end users and rural areas users. It is operating by allocating a free monthly data plan to the users on a monthly basis, but the data is capped at point. But they allow for an upgrade to a paid plan. The paid plans are affordable and provide unlimited data usage, with prices ranging N1,500 to N2,000 ($9 to $12) per month.
WhiteSpaces will start with the Iworoko Community found in the Ekiti State, Nigeria. The choice of starting with this community is because they have already established a university, public primary school and clinic. WhiteSpaces is competing against already existing ISP and data provides but intends to differentiate itself by offering reliable, cheap and easy to use internet package. ■