Microsoft to use dead TV signals for broadband
Microsoft plan to take broadband to the sticks, by beaming data inside the unused TV signal between channels, making these old television technologies once again relevant
Google has balloons, Facebook has drones, SpaceX has satellites. But the Wall Street Journal says Microsoft has a more humble plan to take broadband to the sticks, by beaming data inside the unused TV signal between channels. It’s not a new idea, and Microsoft has already tested it in Africa, but the firm is said to be planning collaborations with telecom companies on 12 projects with a vision of connecting 2 million people in rural areas to broadband by 2022.
Microsoft President Brad Smith says in a blog post that he plans to unveil details about the initiative at a Tuesday event in Washington, D.C.
Smith says the strategy would use TV white spaces, which are unlicensed and unused airwaves. He says the powerful bandwidth will allow wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees.