Google to provide Internet via Balloon in India

Internet giant Google is working with the Indian government on a pilot project for providing Internet connectivity by using large balloons. Google, under its ‘Project Loon’, 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 PTI.
‘Project Loon’ balloons, which carry Internet signal antennas float in the stratosphere, at a height twice as high as air planes. They are carried around the earth by winds and can be steered by rising or lowering them to a particular altitude, with winds moving in the desired direction. Customers may connect to Google’s balloon network using a special Internet antenna attached to their building. The signal bounces from balloon to balloon, onto the Internet and back to the earth. A ‘Project Loon’ pilot project began on June 15 at the 40th parallel South, which is a circle of latitude, that is 40 degrees south of the earth’s equatorial plane, when 30 balloons launched from New Zealand’s South Island beamed Internet signals to a small group of pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers will be used to refine the technology and shape the next phase of ‘Project Loon’, Google had said earlier.

Filed in: Broadband Services, DoT, Telecom News, TRAI

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