TV White Space / Project Kgolagano
The Botswana Innovation Hub, Microsoft Corporation, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and local ISP Global Broadband Solutions (GBS) have entered in to a partnership to implement and run a pilot project of the TV White Space broadband access service under the Microsoft Innovation Centre Botswana projects. The TV White Space uses the free Dynamic TV Spectrum for access to broadband internet. This pilot will be focus on connecting the participating hospitals and rolling out telemedicine services.
Botswana Innovation Hub in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, BoFiNet, and USAID – NetHope, VISTA and other private sector partners launched Project Kgolagano (TVWS) on 12th March, 2015 at Tsopeng Clinic in Lobatse. Project Kgolagano, ‘to be connected or networked,’ is a pilot project that uses an innovative, cutting edge technology known as TV White Space to promote greater access to broadband internet.
The TVWS telemedicine pilot is ongoing in various sites such as Lobatse-linking Gaborone, Francistown and Maun. BIH is working with its partners, Microsoft, to develop the commercialization and upscaling of the project and proceeding with discussions with The Ministry of Education for use of services.
BIH and VISTA Life Sciences, a U.S telemedicine application developer has entered into an agreement to develop a specialised telemedicine application. The agreement gives BIH the rights to part of future revenues for the selling of the software as well as requiring the U.S Company to set up in Botswana to service the African region.