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Google has declared a white space broadband trial in Cape Town, in which it participated, a resounding success. The firm said on Friday that the 6-month trial, which involved running wireless broadband in the fragmented buffer zones between chunks of TV spectrum, did not interfere with the complex TV broadcast set-up in the city. I went to see the pilot in June and am delighted to learn that the network will stay operational for the schools that have been using it, even though the trial is over. Similar experiments are taking place around the world.

  1. What was the speed of the connections ?

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    1. Check out the earlier article I linked to. Pupils at the school I visited were getting about 4-5Mbps, which was much more than they were getting through their shoddy old copper connections beforehand.

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  2. Great, now let’s roll this out countrywide so we can get some real Internet competition for Cable & Phone companies.

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