Recently Facebook announced Internet.org in India, and now Google is also all set to bring its internet project offering connectivity to remote areas here. According to a new report, Google is in talks with the Indian government to introduce its Project Loon, an internet project that uses high-altitude balloons to offer affordable internet across the globe to people without any access.
Project Loon uses high-altitude balloons to offer affordable Internet across the globe. It is a network of balloons which float at about 20 kilometers above the Earth in the stratosphere. The company has also partnered several carriers to share spectrum through which it will beam the Internet data directly into a consumer's handset.
"By 2016, we believe we can start to launch a commercial format that allows us to have coverage on every square inch of planet Earth. We are working very closely with telecom providers and governments across the world including India to see how we bring this innovation here," said Mohammad Gawdat, VP of business Innovation at Google X.
The balloons can now last up to 10 times longer in the stratosphere, than they did in 2013 and a lot of them have lasted over 100 days - with 130 days being a record, Google had said.
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Besides, Google is reportedly also working on a wind power project with an ‘aeroplane-like kite that is tethered up to 300 metres to do a manoeuvre aided by the direction of the wind'. Its movements generate power. "We believe through this we should be able to get a 100% improvement on the current renewable technology out there. It will be available at a much cheaper cost," Gawdat further told the news site.
He further said that Google is in talks with the Indian government to deploy this wind power project here. The company hopes to begin production by 2016.