Philippines startup WIN gets Microsoft funding, to install 10,000 WiFi hotspots

Philippines startup WIN gets Microsoft funding, to install 10,000 WiFi hotspots

From left are Microsoft Philippines legal & corporate affairs director Raul Cortez, country manager Karrie Ilagan, WiFi Interactive Network CEO Jasen Ko, and the startup's president and founder Philip Zulueta.

WiFi Interactive Network (WIN), a Philippines-based startup, has secured a $150,000 grant from software giant Microsoft Corp with which it intends to install 10,000 WiFi hotspots in the country using TV Whitepace (TVWS) technology.

Incorporated in March 2015, WIN’s business model is to provide internet connectivity to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by exploiting TVWS or usage of vacant TV channel frequency to anchor the connectivity of its “sponsored WiFi” hotspots. TVWS converts vacant TV frequency to WiFi signal that can travel up to 10 km with speeds of up to 10mbps.

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