Google Uses Light Beam Tech To Wirelessly Deliver Internet In India

Lynne Hanson
December 18, 2017

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. So now, the team's next move will be to put FSOC equipment in boxes that will be mounted all over the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The approach is known as free space optical technology, which has proven hard to implement in the past, but Alphabet seems confident it has solved the problems.

The X division of Google's parent company Alphabet that deals in experimental technologies, has entered into an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government for bringing high-speed internet to parts of Andhra Pradesh using special boxes that beam light.

Speaking at the collaboration ceremony in the United States today, Nara Lokesh, Minister for Information and Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, remarked, "The Government of Andhra Pradesh is committed to bring high speed Internet and broadband connections to about 12 million households and 1,30,000 enterprises (govt. and private) by March 2019".

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

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As per the MoU, Google X will initially supply Andhra Pradesh with two thousand FSOC links.

A high level delegation from the Government of Andhra Pradesh led by Honorable Minister of IT & Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Mr. Nara Lokesh including A. Babu, MD of APSFL (Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited); Raju Indukuri, Chairman of GTEN, AP Economic Development Board and Hari Prasad Vemuru, Technology Advisor to Government of Andhra Pradesh were present at the event. Google X is known for creating Waymo (driverless auto), Google glass, Project Loon (web through inflatables) and other most recent advances.

FSOC links use beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances - just like fiber optic cable, but without the cable.

AP Fiber grid is an ambitious project launched to give affordable high-speed internet connection to every household in the state. The links will plug critical gaps to major access points, like cell-towers and WiFi hotspots, that support thousands of people.

Andhra Pradesh, a state situated in the south east of India, has a population of around 50 million people, less than a fifth of whom have access to broadband.

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