#TalkThursday: TV whitespace for connectivity
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler talks with Tovia Va'aelua, the Microsoft Office Division Lead of Microsoft Philippines.
Originally hailing from New Zealand, Va'aelua moved to Manila in 2009 to take up the initial position of Server and Tools Business Group Lead. Before joining Microsoft in 2004, Va'aelua held various positions in the companies Datacom and Telecom in New Zealand.
Va'aelua talks to Rappler about the potential of TV whitespace (TVWS) to boost connectivity within the Philippines.
Watch the interview below.
TVWS utilizes unused UHF and VHF television frequencies for data communications. In the Philippines, TVWS technologies can provide greater Internet penetration nationwide - a significant means of support for government projects and relief efforts that require connectivity. In February of 2013, the Department of Science and Technology's Information and Communications Technology Office announced plans of pilot applications using TVWS in selected schools in Bohol.
In an interview with Rappler, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo predicted there will be 99% internet connectivity by 2015 if the DOST is successful in harnessing TV whitespace. He says, “This is very cost-effective at being able to reach out to unserved or underserved areas which don't have the connectivity."