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Piloting the use of TV White Space for Community Networks in Rural Tanzania

Tanzania Chapter
Category: Access and Development

Tanzania has experienced an exponential increase in the number of voice telephone and Internet users in the last few years.

Despite of the increase of users, studies have reported that there is still a large Internet gap between rural and urban areas.  This project will build a pilot using TV White Space equipment as a community network solution to bridge the identified access gap between rural and urban areas. It aims to improve the life of people in rural areas thus reducing their incentives to migrate to urban areas. The Internet connected network will be owned and operated by community-based secondary schools in Dodoma Region. The experience gained from this pilot will be very valuable for fulfilling similar needs in other rural areas.

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