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Google parent Alphabet's X sells new wireless internet technology to Andhra Pradesh

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Lindsey Cook | 17 December, 2017, 03:29

Instead of floating Wi-Fi hotspots in balloons, it is now using laser beam links which it has described as "just like fibre optic cable, but without the cable" ... A team from Alphabet's X was earlier running a pilot on FSOC technology in Andhra Pradesh. The new technology is called Free Space Optical communications or FSOC.

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.

According to Department of IT & Electronics, the MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of IT and CEO of Google X Astro Teller in San Francisco during the former's U.S. tour.

State FiberNet, which is working with X to launch the project in 2018, has announced that it will be rolling out 2000 FSOC links as far as 20 kilometres apart on posts and rooftops to bring a wireless internet connection to the state.

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

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The X Labs will initially supply the AP government with two thousand FSOC links and the X engineers and experts on site in AP will work with the government personnel to identify and select suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links. The state wants to help 12 million households and thousands of government organizations and businesses get broadband by 2019.

These FSOC links will form part of the high-bandwidth backbone of the network, connecting rural and remote areas across the state. The links will fix gaps in the access points now available like cell-towers and Wi-Fi hotspots that are used by thousands of people.

This is claimed to be first of its kind association in the world to provide wireless internet connection at a higher speed of upto 20Gbps and to a distance of upto 20 km.

"Commenting on the collaboration, entrepreneur scientist Astro Teller of X said that some of the longstanding challenges of getting high speed internet too hard to reach areas, and looking forward to helping them make the benefits of the web more accessible to more people in Andhra Pradesh".

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