Singapore leads the way on TV white spaces regulation

Posted by Jessica TanManaging Director, Microsoft Singapore On Monday, Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) announced a regulatory framework for unlicensed access to unused radio spectrum in the broadcast TV frequency bands, known as TV white spaces (TVWS). Radio spectrum is, more than ever, being identified by policy makers as a key asset in developing the…

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Microsoft to introduce features to protect Windows Phone users

Posted by Fred HumphriesVice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Over recent months, Microsoft has been working with others in the wireless industry to develop voluntary principles for implementing more robust theft-deterrent technologies in smartphones. As a result of this work, Microsoft signed on to CTIA’s Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment in April, and today we are…

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One step closer to TV white spaces access and preserving the open Internet

Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission established a portion of the regulatory framework necessary to foster the development of a commercial domestic market for unlicensed devices operating in the TV white spaces as part of its Report and Order that makes television broadcast frequencies in the…


Using wireless technology innovation to enable cloud-connected experiences in Ghana and beyond

Posted by Paul GarnettDirector, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft I’m in Accra, Ghana, attending the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit, where we are announcing new TV white spaces pilots on four continents, including our newest project in Koforidua, Ghana. TV white spaces, the unused frequencies in the wireless spectrum band dedicated to television, are widely seen…


Microsoft and the Alliance for Affordable Internet work to drive down broadband costs, enable universal access

Posted by Paul GarnettDirector, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in overcoming barriers for social and economic development around the world, for a diverse range of applications in education, healthcare, business, delivery of government services and others. However, a wide gap remains between those who have access to technology and…

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Microsoft teams with university researchers to improve TV white spaces wireless technology

Posted by Ranveer ChandraSenior Researcher, Microsoft Research On Sunday, Microsoft Research published a new paper in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong proposing a new system for improving indoor use of wireless technologies in cities. Radio frequency spectrum, the airwaves over which wireless devices communicate, is in increasing demand throughout the world. Access…

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Bringing Low-Cost, Off-the-Grid Broadband Access to Rural Kenya

Posted by Paul Garnett, Director, Technology Policy Group and Louis Otieno, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Africa Initiatives, Microsoft. Despite our increasingly interconnected world, many people are still unable to access the benefits provided by technology. In Kenya, only 2% of Kenyans subscribe to broadband services, as defined by the Communications Commissions Kenya. In many…

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TV White Spaces Spectrum: An Update from Singapore

Posted by Paul MitchellSenior Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Earlier this year, the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) launched a significant pilot of wireless broadband using TV White Spaces (TVWS). As part of the momentum of this pilot, the SWSPG convened a one day workshop in Singapore on Oct. 10 that brought together technology…

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The Week in Tech Policy: Oct. 8th Edition – The Debate on Cybersecurity, Warrantless Mobile Device Tracking & More

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the continuing debates around cybersecurity, warrantless tracking of Americans’ mobile devices and more. Debate on cybersecurity continues. Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, says that the…

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The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition

Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users are worried about privacy. A study released…

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