Alphabet, Indian state partner to deploy new wireless internet tech

17 December, 2017, 03:30 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Nara Lokesh at Google X

"And because there's no cable, this means there's none of the time, cost, and hassle involved in digging trenches or stringing cable along poles", said Baris Erkmen, an X spokesperson.

To overcome those hindrances, the APFSL has entered this agreement with X who as the innovation partner will deploy their FSOC (Free Space Optical Communication) technology.

Google X is ready to set up its Development Centre in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, which will be its first development centre outside the United State of America. After successfully transferring a copy of the 1985 comedy Real Genius over 100 kilometers between balloons using FSOC lasers, X started to wonder if the technology could be applied more terrestrially.

The initiative ties into a government initiative to connect 12 million households to the internet by 2019, the USA firm added.

AP State FiberNet will be rolling out over 2,000 FSOC links that were created by X. Those links will be used as the high-bandwidth backbone for the network to connect the rural area. X will be partnering with Indian telecom AP State FiberNet to pilot the technology in Andhra Pradesh, the firm announced in a blog post.

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The X Labs will initially supply the AP government with two thousand FSOC links and the X engineers and experts on site in AP will work with the government personnel to identify and select suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links.

The agreement is basically a derivative of one of its undertakings, Project Loon which beams internet to Earth by floating balloons with the help of stratospheric winds, at altitudes twice as high as airplanes.

The State government has launched AP Fibergrid project with a view to providing digital connectivity to every household in the State.

The tech uses light beams to deliver high-speed, high-capacity internet connectivity over long distances.

"Commenting on the collaboration, entrepreneur scientist Astro Teller of X said that some of the longstanding challenges of getting high speed internet too hard to reach areas, and looking forward to helping them make the benefits of the web more accessible to more people in Andhra Pradesh". The links will plug critical gaps to major access points, like cell-towers and WiFi hotspots, that support thousands of people.


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