Botswana launches TV white spaces pilot project

Friday 13 March 2015 | 11:02 CET | News
The Botswana Innovation Hub, in collaboration with Microsoft, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), Global Broadband Solutions, Vista Life Sciences, BoFiNet, Adaptrum and USAID-NetHope, has launched a new TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project. The project, known as Project Kgolagano, will provide internet connectivity and telemedicine services to local hospitals and clinics, enabling access to specialised medicine in Gaborone through connections with other locations around the world. 

Microsoft through its 4Afrika initiative has launched similar pilots in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Ghana. Project Kgolagano, which means 'to be connected or networked', will have a specific focus on providing access to specialised maternal medicine, which will improve the livelihoods of women located in small towns and rural areas. Telemedicine experts and doctors providing medical expertise for referred patients are being provided by BUP. The project will initially run in hospitals Lobatse, Francistown and Maun, with additional locations being added in the coming months.

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