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Microsoft Airband Initiative

Brilliant people like you are developing new technologies, services, and business models that could help billions more people affordably engage online. Microsoft’s Airband Initiative partners with companies developing solutions that enable internet connectivity and energy access in underserved communities. We want to assist in bringing your technology to markets where it will do the most good.

Our mission

In partnership with Internet access providers, energy access providers, and other local entrepreneurs, we deploy technologies and business models that reduce the cost of access, grow the overall market, and help billions more customers affordably get online.

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52% of the world’s population is still not online. Even where people have access, they often do not subscribe to broadband because it is not affordable, or they lack the skills to use it. This problem is particularly acute in emerging markets.

Workers installing solar panels on an African schoolhouse


14%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​population​ ​still lack​ ​access​ ​to​ ​electricity,​ ​and​ ​another​ ​3​ ​billion​ ​rely​ ​on​ ​wood, charcoal,​ ​coal,​ ​and​ ​dung​ ​for​ ​heating​ ​and​ ​cooking​​.​ Microsoft​ ​Airband​ ​Initiative​ ​inspires affordable​ ​off-grid​ ​energy​ ​providers​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​access​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​more​ ​people​ ​to participate​ ​in​ ​today’s​ ​economy.

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Connecting the unconnected

Learn how we are partnering with internet access and energy access providers to help billions of people get online.

Meet our Commercial Partners and Grant Fund Winners

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