Internet carrying balloons in India: Some facts on Google’s ‘Loon Project’ in India

The Union government has given its nod to Google’s loon project which aims to provide internet services through large balloons. The balloons will be using the communication technology of fourth generation (4G). The announcement was made by CEO, Sunder Pichai after a meeting with Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Listed are some facts you should definitely know about the loon project:
  • Google’s loon project aims at providing low-cost Internet access to rural and remote areas in India
  • Under the project, high altitude floating telecom tower balloons have been positioned at a height of 20 kilometres above earth’s surface
  • According to Google, each balloon can provide full wireless broadband internet coverage up to an area of 40 kilometres
  • According to the reports, the balloons are mainly powered though solar panels
  • The balloons have transceivers which can connect to cell phone networks to fill the gaps in their networks especially in remote areas such as mountains and deserts
  • Google has successfully tested this technology in New Zealand, California and Brazil
  • Google is planning to position these balloons in areas where there’s no coverage or network capacity is less
  • However, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, has expressed that the frequency band proposed to be used by Google could interfere with cellular transmissions
  • According to Sunder Pichai, Google has tested this project in other countries and the countries reported no such problems.
Source: India Today

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