Use of the TV Whitespace

Dear Washington,

Many thanks for your email and raising a timely query. As we wait for the
Communications Authority to respond it is worth noting that KICTANet had a
series of engagements that culminated in a Webinar to discuss the countries
preparedness to utilize TV White Space. The meeting report can be accessed
via this link .
<www.kictanet.or.ke/mdocs-posts/public-consultation-on-dynamic-spectrum-access-framework-for-use-of-tv-white-spaces-2020/>
In a nutshell, a number of tests were done in partnership with Strathmore
University and Mawingu Networks. Focus appears to be on type approval of
equipment that will be accessing the TV Whitespace Database whose
management is key in ensuring interference on other channels will be
minimised and proper utilization of the resource. We look forward to
greater engagement on the topic in 2021 through the KICTANet Community
Networks lead @Mwendwa Kivuva <kivuva@kictanet.or.ke>

Thank you

Best Regards

On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 8:37 PM Odhiambo Washington via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Hello Listers,
>
> So interestingly (or sadly) the TV whitespace that was freed with the
> migration to digital broadcasting is NOT in use as CA is still
> pussy-footing on the grant of licenses. Mawingu Technologies was granted a
> temporary license to test Internet provision using the TV whitespace, but
> that lapsed and now they are using the 5GHz spectrum and Fiber to provide
> connectivity.
>
> I heard this today from a reliable source when I was discussing
> connectivity to some remote place in Laikipia.
>
> Does anyone know if things are “different on the ground” than my
> allegation??
>
> CA – any comment on this?
>
> —
> Best regards,
> Odhiambo WASHINGTON,
> Nairobi,KE
> +254 7 3200 0004/+254 7 2274 3223
> “Oh, the cruft.”, grep ^[^#] 🙂
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