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Microsoft is going large into Africa, pushing White Space networks out to the most rural of locations and getting Huawei to launch an Africa-only handset pushing Windows Phone into the continent. The handset is a rebranded Ascend W1 which was demonstrated last month at CES, with a "4Afrika" logo stuck on the front and a …


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    1. Phoenix50

      Re: Into Africa

      Eadon, I think you'll find Bill Gates priorities in Africa also include his efforts to eradicate Polio and Malaria, and donate much if his entire fortune into AIDS research.

      Believe it or not he might be part of the "evil" Microsoft, but he's still a human being trying to do some good.

    2. dogged

      Re: Into Africa

      Eadon, that man's money and how he uses it have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, brought people decent water, vaccinated against diseases and pushed down infant mortality rates.

      What have you done, except post bullshit on the Register that makes you look like a cunt?

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: Into Africa

        Vigourous debates, and higher IQ in fighting....

        And spell chequers that don't reconise early to middle english spelling.

    3. RyokuMas Silver badge

      Re: Into Africa

      @Eadon - nice to see your nazi attitude extends beyond technology and into the world in general...

      I bet that the vast majority of people who advocate FOSS are just thrilled at the impression you give of it.

      How about trying to present a credible argument for once in pathetic little existence?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Into Africa

        Don't feed the troll.

        It's amazing how for someone who hates Windows and Microsoft, he reads every single article and posts the same boring tripe on it.

        That's the definition of a hardcore troller.

    4. Arctic fox
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      Re: Into Africa

      I fear that you fail to understand that the concept "constructive self interest" does imply that the company (whoever it is) doing whatever it is can in fact be doing it for the most cynical reasons of self interest and yet still do some good. No, I am not about to shower Redmond with praise because of this but on the other hand I do not see why we have to be subjected to yet more of your obsessive and irrelevant howling. Do us all a favour and get back under your bridge.

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        1. dogged

          Re: Into Africa

          OK Wintards, two points - first Gates is a robber baron and got his fortune through back stabbing honest partners and competitors. He did so illegally and the DOJ declared his practices as illegal. So it's not his money, he stole it

          Really. Bill Gates is illegally a billionaire.

          I rather doubt that.

          But you're definitely a cunt.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Into Africa

          For once, I have to agree with Eadon and on both counts.

          Quite a lot of that money is dirty money. It's not hearsay, Microsoft *have* been indicted on counts of illegal business practices around Windows and the *severe* monopolistic practices using their dominant market position. Everyone here knows it.

          Even drug pushers seem all nice and friendly when they're offering you your first "fix". Whether or not he is doing it for Microsoft or because it's just what he does, but getting Africa hooked on Windows and MS Office is just what the fag manufacturers are doing for cigarettes, now that they're finding it difficult in the first world.

          I would put it to you all that just because Bill is doing genuine good, I can't conceive of Bill Gates doing something like this without the promise of some payback for his business buddies. He might not need the cash (he is unbelievably rich) but he's a dyed-in-the-wool business man all the same.

    5. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Into Africa

      Yes corporation USA, courtesy of it's CIA run IT dept, is busy curing their religiously spread pox's, while networking the county by data-mining the citizens lives.

      Ohh thanks to Bill gates everything on your PC is back-doored for the USA's pleasure, and now they are back-dooring the Effrikens, monetisiung their every transmission, sale, purchase and monitoring their texts for bomb-speak, so that corporation USA can do another Hitler style "Polish border incursion" excuse for an invasion, to "spread peace and democracy" to the Affriken nations, that have oil, iron, copper, gold, uranum, opium poppy fields, a democratically elected government that won't toe the USA's line, or does not have enough US military bases - established of course, for "the care and protection of the civilian population against the threat of extremists, fundamentalists and terrorists".

      Yeah Fuck Microsoft and Bill Gates.

      1. dogged

        Re: Into Africa

        ... are you off your meds?

    6. Jamie Jones Silver badge

      Re: Into Africa

      Eadon..... Seek help.

    7. The Alpha Klutz

      Re: Into Africa

      bill gates may be wiping out diseases today, but tomorrow he could be re-introducing them. These billionaires always need a project to make themselves feel like they've done something other than accumulate vast wealth.

  2. JetSetJim Silver badge
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    They might want to consider adding a few undersea cables and inter-country fibre links (locals will nick the copper links) into the mix to get the overall bandwidth capacity up so that folks can actually use the devices - but it's still a good start

  3. Dan 55 Silver badge

    WP8 phones in Africa

    That's funny.

    1. dogged

      Re: WP8 phones in Africa

      Out of interest, why is it funnier than any other smartphone OS?

      Expense? This is a Huawei Ascend - it'll probably match any price available on handsets running a different smartphone OS. Huawei are good at low cost.

      1. Dan 55 Silver badge

        Re: WP8 phones in Africa

        Battery life and dual SIM are more of a priority in Africa. The price won't match dumbphone OSes.

        1. dogged

          Re: WP8 phones in Africa

          The whitespace availability should negate the double-SIM issue, I suppose.

  4. Great Bu

    Give a man a copy of playboy.....

    ....and he will wank for a day.

    Give him an internet and he can wank for the rest of his life....

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Give a man a copy of playboy.....

      You're right about Playboy, but I don't know about the second part....I'm not dead yet.

  5. hplasm


    Still the dumping ground of the world.

    There must be a lot of whitespace spectrum though, due to a sparseness of TV ?

    Could be an interesting testbed for *good tech like this.

    *For relative values of 'good' as compared to W.... You Know What...

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Gotta mention Microsoft ...

    That's four mentions of Windows and five mentions of Microsoft on the main page ...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The rich northern hemisphere has been shovelling shit on Africa for hundreds of years, seems some still haven't learned it's a bad thing to do.

  8. The Alpha Klutz

    if you were a rich evil man

    would you honestly not do evil things under a media smokescreen that says you do good things? I mean, if you can afford to buy the media, and he can, you can basically tell people anything and they WILL believe it. Because in order to fit in and not seem crazy, everyone has to believe the same lies in the mass media - that's how it works. You could believe any crazy lie you want and it could be such a lie but if its on TV you will still feel so smart and clever about what you "know" and you will go around getting hurt feelings when people point out different.

  9. Mage Silver badge

    This is plain evil

    It's all about getting so called "White space" Gadgets in Europe and USA.

    There is no need to use so called "White Space" anywhere. Least of all Africa. This a cynical "back door approach" and nothing about really helping African people or Infrastructure. Practically Colonial exploitation.

    It can be mathematically and physically PROVEN to not work, in the sense it DOES block Terrestrial TV. Doesn't matter how good your spectrum sensing or database is.

    And no, I'm not attacking "windows". But the totally rubbish concept of so called "White space" Radio.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This is plain evil

      where can we see the proof?

      1. RyokuMas Silver badge

        Where's the proof...

        Well said, @AC (15:16)!

        I have no problems with expressions of opinion or personal experience eg: "I think Windows 8 looks crap", "I find Android devices buggy" and so forth.

        But regardless of your opinion of which systems etc. you think are the best is if you are going to make a statement provide evidence to back it up. Don't just bleat on about how "(insert system/device/whatever) has been rejected by the public" or how "(whoever) is a crook" and finish up with "(whatever) fail!" in caps - back your argument up. Spend some time researching - and thinking - before you type.

        Balanced argument and debate is good. Unqualified statements - ignore, challenge or ridicule as suits.

        1. Mage Silver badge

          Re: Where's the proof... In the Literature and FCC

          No published proof it works. Just Hypetastic white papers.

          Plenty of fail published.

          Google "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome"

          The "Database" solution (aka "White Space Radio" MkII) actually doesn't work in reality even though the FCC accepted the revised version. The ONLY way it could work is if EVERY TV also is connected to Internet and the Database.

          The 2nd problem is social. It makes "White space" a fail. People will "hack" the database connectivity limits and add power amplifiers and "stronger" aerials for faster speed (if signal is better you can run say 64QAM instead of 16QAM) or more range, thus causing more interference as the spectrum ISN'T empty or it could be licensed.

          Try getting any Mobile operator to accept 3rd party "White Space" Radio on their locally "unused" channel(s) and see how far you can get.

          TV is now a soft touch. Africa even softer (Just offer a "good" deal), Chinese Government gets good deals on resources in Africa where Huawei does "cheap" infrastructure.

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