Microsoft to Help AP Provide Low-Cost Internet

VIJAYAWADA: Technology giant Microsoft will work with AP on TV White Spaces Project, a technology that uses unused TV Spectrum to deliver low cost Internet connectivity to users.

Anil Bhansali, managing director of Microsoft India, and Prashant Shukla, national technology officer, and other executives called on chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu here Friday and discussed the company’s initiatives with him.

Microsoft and three other companies are working with the AP government to bring low-cost broadband Internet connectivity to four educational institutions in the district of Srikakulam which had no Internet connectivity earlier. With the ZP High School at Voppangi as the base station, the other three campuses would have receivers located at a distance of 10 km or more from the base station.

“I have always experimented with technology to take the services and welfare programmes to people. With this pilot project, Microsoft has shown that innovation and technology can make a society technologically advanced,” the CM said.

The Microsoft also presented a cloud-based-machine-learning solution that it has built in collaboration with AP’s Department of Education to help prevent student dropouts. This is being implemented in Chittoor district as part of the ‘Badi Pilustondi’, a flagship programme of the government.

“This is a pioneering step undertaken by the government of AP and Microsoft is happy to be supporting it. We believe that machine-learning technology can help both educators and students to make insightful decisions by analysing large volumes of data. It also offers the potential to transform the future of skilled workforce in India,” said  Bhansali.

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