Microsoft to implement “White Spaces” project in Andhra — Amaravati may host its Global R&D centre !!

Chandrababu with Microsoft top management

Chandrababu with Microsoft top management

Old friends are working together again. Chandrababu always enjoyed a special relationship with Microsoft and that was on full display in Vijayawada today. While there was unofficial and unconfirmed gossip doing the rounds that Microsoft has committed to establish its global R&D centre for White Space Technology at Amaravati, what was confirmed was that Microsoft will start a pilot project in Srikakulam, and that would be the first in India. Here are the details.

Microsoft India Managing Director Anil Bhansali and his team called on Andhra Pradesh Chief MinisterChandrababu Naidu here today at his camp office to discuss the launch of the ‘television white spaces’ project in Srikakulam. ‘TV white spaces’ is a technology which uses unused television spectrum to deliver low cost internet connectivity, the AP Information and Public Relations Department release issued here stated.

White Space Technology in andhra srikakulamThe AP CM interacted with students in Voppangi,Singupuram, Fareedapeta and Sativada from his camp office in Vijayawada through Skype, the release said. Naidu said that he envisioned the potential of ‘TV white spaces’ for last mile connectivity and the technology is being implemented for the first time ever in India in Andhra Pradesh, the release said.
The Microsoft MD also made a presentation on cloud-based machine learning solution which was built in collaboration with the AP’s Department of Education and the Chief Minister’s Office to help predict student drop-outs in order to make required interventions, which is the first such initiative by any state government in India, the release said. The CM also said that machine learning has far reaching implications to gather insights and take corrective actions in various government departments, the release said. Naidu said that data-driven decision making and use of cutting edge technologies would enable better governance, the release said.

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