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Microsoft has announced a new expansion of its 4Afrika Initiative that will bring high speed Internet, via the white spaces wireless method, to the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Microsoft has announced plans to put in Window 8 hardware and TV white spaces Internet access to tens of thousands of students at The University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization in charge of certifying Wi-Fi standards, wants to stop the use of the term "Super Wi-Fi" when used to describe the new white spaces wireless data technology.
New Hanover County in North Carolina has now become the first location in the US to launch a white spaces wireless data network that's designed to offer WiFi-like speeds over long distances.
Microsoft Research is working on what the company is calling "WiFi-NC", based on the white spaces-based wireless Internet standard that will start to expand in 2012.
The FCC approved the first white spaces database and device this week and Microsoft thinks the white space market will be as big, if not bigger, than the current WiFi market.