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Google to pilot Internet in India via balloons

  • Google is
    working with the Indian government on a pilot project for providing Internet
    connectivity by using large balloons.
  •  
  • Under
    ‘Project Loon’, Google is using big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometres
    above the Earth’s surface for transmission of Internet services. It has already

    • Google is
      working with the Indian government on a pilot project for providing Internet
      connectivity by using large balloons.
    •  
    • Under
      ‘Project Loon’, Google is using big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometres
      above the Earth’s surface for transmission of Internet services. It has already
      tested this technology in New Zealand, California, and Brazil.
    •  
    • “Google
      approached the government to set up the Loon project and drone-based Internet
      transmission. Government has approved testing of Loon project only as of now. A
      committee under chairmanship of Secretary, DeitY, has been formed to work on
      it,” an official source told the
      Press Trust of India.
    •  
    • Google may
      initially partner with BSNL for testing this technology by using broadband
      spectrum in 2.6GHz band. When contacted, a Google spokesperson refused to
      comment. The technology, used for 4G services, has potential to replace mobile
      towers as it can directly transmit signals on 4G mobile phones.
    •  
    • As per
      Google, each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in
      diameter using a wireless communications technology called LTE or 4G.
    •  
    • To use LTE,
      Project Loon partners with telecommunications companies to share cellular
      spectrum so that people will be able to access the Internet everywhere directly
      from their phones, and other LTE-enabled devices.
    •  
    • Google uses
      solar panels and wind to power electronic equipment in the balloon throughout
      the day.
    •  
    • “The
      DeitY committee is looking at various aspects to facilitate tests like
      identifying locations and coordination with agencies. Under the drone project,
      Google had plans to transmit Internet on ground using 8 big solar-powered
      drones but that has not been cleared by government yet,” the source added.

     

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