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Alphabet Is Using Lasers To Deliver Internet

Alphabet Is Using Lasers To Deliver Internet Alphabet Is Using Lasers To Deliver Internet
Kenneth Drake | 17 December, 2017, 03:32

To support the initial roll-out, X will have some engineers based in Andhra Pradesh as the deployment gets off the ground, the post said. Using what is called Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC), Alphabet proved it's possible to reliably send data wirelessly between balloons floating hundreds of metres in the sky.

X, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet Inc, will deploy its breakthrough Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology in Andhra Pradesh to provide high-speed wireless internet.

With broadband becoming the basic platform for provision of a number of services like e-governance, e-health, e-commerce, e-banking, universal access to internet is a must to empower the citizens.

"These FSOC links will form part of the high-bandwidth backbone of their network, giving them a cost effective way to connect rural and remote areas across the state", Baris Erkmen, the FSOC Lead at X, wrote in a blog post on Thursday, Dec. 14. As part of the partnership, and to provide real time support for smooth operation of this project, Google X will also set up a local office with the help of the Andhra Pradesh government.


FSOC links use beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances - just like fiber optic cable, but without the cable. FSOC will also help to provide high bandwidth to telecom towers (presently on low data rate microwave links) enabling to upgrade from 2G to 3G/4G services.

Google's innovations lab, Alphabet X, is switching to a new approach to bring the Internet to people in developing countries.

"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".

About Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited (APSFL): APSFL is a PSU 100% owned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The government officially launched the AP State FiberNet project back in 2015 with a view toward bringing affordable, fast internet to most households and businesses by 2019.

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