Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella urges Ravi Shankar Prasad to allow White-fi technology

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NEW DELHI: Satya Nadella, global CEO of Microsoft, urged telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to allow the US software major to pilot its 'White-Fi' technology to provide internet connectivity in remote villages in the country at a meeting in the capital on Friday.

Microsoft's White-Fi, or television White-Space technology, works like Wi-Fi on a bigger scale to provide wireless connectivity across a 10 km radius at a speed of up to 16 mbps, by using chunks of airwaves lying between spetrum kept untouched by broadcasters to avoid interference or disturbance between transmissions.

The White-Fi technology has already been successfully implemented in the US and Singapore and is being tested in Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania, among others. It works on chunks of unused spectrum available in broadcasting bands in the lower frequencies from 200 MHz to 700 MHz.

The government's Rs 1.13 lakhcrore Digital India initiative envisages delivering e-services such as health and education to every nook and corner of the country over broadband by 2019.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella urges Ravi Shankar Prasad to allow White-fi technology to provide Internet in villages - The Economic Times
 
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