Nigeria’s telecom regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC on Wednesday gave its nod to the use of a new technology – TV White Space.

This innovation has the capacity to extend broadband internet coverage especially to rural communities and other under-served communities.

The Executive Vice -Chairman at NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, conveyed the approval of the use of TV White Space for mass Internet coverage at a workshop organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria in Abuja.

So, what is TV White Space?

The TV White Space is new technology which is being championed by Microsoft and Google and refers to unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum.

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According to Tech Republic, television networks leave gaps between channels for buffering purposes, and this space in the wireless spectrum is similar to what is used for 4G and so it can be used to deliver widespread broadband internet.

Nigeria has struggled in the last five years to reach a broadband penetration of 23%.

Given the paucity of cable broadband internet, much of the country’s broadband penetration has been achieved through mobile broadband, although many experts doubt the classification of such services as broadband because of poor speed.

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