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Google, Government to Float ‘Balloons’ Availing Internet for All


The tech biggie Google is coming alongside with government to air large balloons – a unique technology to render Internet connectivity. The project named as ‘Project Loon’, will float big balloons at a height of 20kms above the crust for transmission of internet services. The technology has been successfully tested in New Zealand, California (US) and Brazil.

As per Google reports, each balloon enables connectivity protracting about 40 km in diameter using LTE or 4G.

To pilot, Google may partner with BSNL for testing this technology by using broadband spectrum in 2.6 Ghz band.

The technology, used for 4G services, has potential to replace mobile towers as it can directly transmit signals on 4G mobile phones; though Google officials denied commenting on the partnership stature.

“Google approached 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,” reports.

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 panel and wind to power electronic equipment in the balloon throughout the day.

The source said that Google may operate as technology service provider and not as internet service provider.

“The DEITY committee is looking at various aspects to facilitate test like identifying locations, coordination with various 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,” sources added.

The project is currently piloting and no significant time-span has been asserted by the officials.


Niloy Banerjee

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