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How universal internet access could reboot South Africa 

Students use computers to study at Elswood Secondary School in Cape Town November  7, 2013. Even the metal grills welded into its walls did not deter burglars from ripping out the copper cables that delivered Internet to the students of this tough neighbourhood. But Elswood's pupils were saved by alternative technology - free wireless connection via unused TV spectrum known as white space. It's being provided by a consortium including Google  as part of a wider trial. Elsewhere in the country Microsoft  is operating similar pilots. Both are racing to fine tune a technology that could ultimately bring cheap broadband to the entire continent. Picture taken November 7, 2013. To match Feature AFRICA-INTERNET/ REUTERS/Mike Hutchings  (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTX157JS

Closing the digital divide is an essential step to helping young South Africans find jobs Image: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Elsie S. Kanza
Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the USA and Mexico, Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in the USA
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