Search engine giant, Google has collaborated with the Indian government on a pilot project for Internet connectivity using balloons. Initially, the Google has tested this technology in New Zealand, California and Brazil.
As per the official report, " Google approached [the] government to set up the Loon project and drone-based Internet transmission. The government has approved testing of Loon project only as of now."
For this initiative, the Indian government is helping by identifying the potential locations for carrying out the testing.
Today, we have collected 5 important information that you should know about Google's Project Loon:
What is Project Loon?
Google's Project Loon involves big ballons floating at a height of 20km above the Earth's surface for the transmission of Internet services. In order to keep the balloons up all day, Google uses solar power and wind.
BSNL partners with Google
For this initiative, Google may partner with Bharath Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for testing by using broadband spectrum in 2.6GHz band.
According to the official report, the transmission of Internet services will be provided over an area of around 40 km using 4G or LTE.
The technology used for 4G services has potential to replace the mobile towers as it can directly transmit signals on 4G mobile phones.
Solar powered drones
The search engine giant, Google is planning to provide Internet access across India using 8 big solar powered drones. For this, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is also co-ordinating for facilities between various agencies.