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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Digital India: Google joins hands with BSNL to offer Internet via Balloons under 'Project Loon'

Government of India has given approval for Google to offer uninterrupted internet connectivity via large Balloons.  Google's Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, floating at a height of 20 kilometer above earth surface, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas.

Digital India: Google joins hands with BSNL to offer Internet via Balloons under 'Project Loon'

Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. In the stratosphere, there are many layers of wind, and each layer of wind varies in direction and speed. Google has already tested this technology in New Zealand, California (the US) and Brazil.

Google approached Government of India 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 the proposed project.

Google may initially partner with state run telecom operator, BSNL for testing this technology by using wireless broadband spectrum in 2.6GHz band. The source said that Google may operate as technology service provider and not as internet service provider. 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. Google uses solar panel and wind to power electronic equipment in the balloon throughout the day.

As per the information from reliable sources, BSNL has already given instructions to all telecom circles to free one of its central frequencies (2652.5MHz) which is currently used for WiMax Services within one month. Currently, BSNL uses 2637.5, 2642.5, 2647.5, 2652.5 MHz as central frequencies for WiMax towers.

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Loon balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel. Google Balloons may be used to transmit 4G signals directly to mobile handsets without mobile towers.

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