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Government says Google’s ‘Project Loon’ will clash with cellular transmissions

  • Google’s ambitious Project
    Loon, through which the search giant plans to provide Internet connectivity
    using balloons, will interfere with cellular transmissions of mobile operators
    in India,
    the government has said, reported
    Press
    Trust of India
    .
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  • “The proposed
    • Google’s ambitious Project
      Loon, through which the search giant plans to provide Internet connectivity
      using balloons, will interfere with cellular transmissions of mobile operators
      in India,
      the government has said, reported
      Press
      Trust of India
      .
    •  
    • “The proposed
      frequency band to be used in the Loon Project of Google is being used for
      cellular operations in India
      and it will lead to interference with cellular transmissions,” Telecom
      Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
    •  
    • The statement of the
      Minister assumes significance in the backdrop of call drop problem faced by
      consumers due to poor network quality.
    •  
    • On a query that
      whether there are technical glitches in according approval to Project Loon, the
      Minister replied in affirmative.
    •  
    • Google, under its
      Project Loon, is using big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometres above
      earth surface for transmission of Internet services. It has already tested this
      technology in New Zealand, California (the US)
      and Brazil.
    •  
    • 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 or 4G,
      Project Loon partners with telecom 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
      panel and wind to power electronic equipment in the balloon throughout the day.

     

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