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Malawi white spaces team gets IST award

SELECTING THE BEST—One of the participants undergoes auditions in Lilongwe

The Malawi Television White Spaces project has been awarded the best research team accolade at the just ended IST Africa 2015 Conference held in Lilongwe recently.

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) embarked on the project in partnership with the Physics Department at Chancellor College to provide broadband connectivity to rural Malawi at affordable cost using the identified gaps, referred to as white spaces, in the television of Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band.

The Project is being done in collaboration with the Marconi Wireless Lab at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

The first phase of the project saw the deployment of the network at Malawi Defence Force Airwing, St Mary’s Girls Secondary School, Pirimiti Health Centre and Chancellor College in the old capital, Zomba.

Hosted by the Government of Malawi, through the National Commission for Science and Technology, and Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa May 2015 was the tenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.

It brought together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

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