In further encouraging signs for PM Modi’s ambitious Digital India initiative, Internet Giant Google is all set to tie up with the Indian government towards providing enhanced connectivity across the country using its giant balloons.
While providing connectivity atop Balloons may seem a bit shaky on the surface, the technology is sound enough and has already been tested in other parts of the globe, including New Zealand, The US and Brazil. In India, Google is said to be courting BSNL for the first phase of its connectivity drive — and probably the 2.6 Ghz band will be used.
For BSNL, this will be its second such tie-up, after it recently teamed up with Facebook to provide Wi-Fi hotspots across India.
As per an official source to PTI, Google approached government 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 it.
With a promptness that is increasingly signifying PM Modi’s Tech related endeavours, the committee has already started work.
As per Economic Times, the DEITY committee is looking at various aspects to facilitate test like identifying locations, coordination with various agencies. Under the Drone project, Google had plans to transmit internet on ground using 8 big solar-powered drones but that has not been cleared by government yet.
Apart from an increased scope for internet, specially in regions which were separated from the world-wide web due to economic or geographic concerns, the technology also has additional scopes, such as in replacing 4G towers. This is possible, due to the fact that the balloons can directly transmit signals onto 4G mobile phones.
Each Balloon covers an area of approximately 40 km in diameter and transmits, using the 4G wireless communications technology. However, Google’s role — whose Project Loon is responsible for these floating pieces of internet — may be limited to a technology service provider rather than an internet service provider.