JOHANNESBURG - The United States Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to support a project that aims to help improve internet access to rural areas in South Africa.
Under the project led by wireless technology company Adaptrum, the USTDA will fund several TV White Space (TVWS) deployments with the goal of establishing models that can be replicated across the country.
Encompassing an unreached population of more than 20 million people in rural areas and difficult-to-reach terrain, South Africa is an ideal location for TVWS, which uses unused broadcast spectrum to deliver long-range wireless connectivity.
The project is intended to demonstrate that TVWS is a feasible business solution for economically and affordably connecting rural South Africa.
"Since deploying the first TVWS system in Africa, Adaptrum has sought ways to use TVWS to bring much needed connectivity across Africa," company CEO Haiyun Tang said in a statement.