Google Balloons To Provide Country-Wide Internet In Sri Lanka

Island country Sri Lanka has entered a deal with Google to provide free, high-speed internet access all across the country using a network of hi-tech balloons. The deal was signed on Tuesday, 28th July. With this agreement, Sri Lanka will be the first nation to embrace this highly ambitious experimental project by Google. Called Project Loon inside Google – because Google itself considered the idea of providing global internet access using high altitude balloons ‘crazy’ – is one of many projects run by its secretive R&D facility Google X.

Google will finish setting up the balloon network and make free Wi-Fi connections available in the entirety of the country by March, 2016. The balloons will reside in stratosphere, which typically range from 20km to 50km from the surface, is twice as high as the as the commercial airliners use for flying.

“Sri Lanka is on its way to becoming the very first country in the world to have network connectivity cover the entire country,” Sri Lanka Telecom Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. “The entire Sri Lankan island – every village from (southern) Dondra to (northern) Point Pedro will be covered with affordable high speed Internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology,” he added

“Sri Lanka is on its way to becoming the very first country in the world to have network connectivity cover the entire country,” Sri Lanka Telecom Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. “The entire Sri Lankan island – every village from (southern) Dondra to (northern) Point Pedro will be covered with affordable high speed Internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology,” he added.

Project leader Nick Cassidy said the balloons will provide internet coverage on par with 3G services during his visit to Sri Lanka to sign the deal with the Sri Lankan government. Local internet service providers (ISP) will have access to the balloon-fed internet which is expected to wind down operational costs for them.

Muhunthan Canagey, Head of Local Authority of the Information and Communication Technology Agency, told AFP, “Service providers will be able to access higher speeds and improve the quality of their existing service once the balloon project is up and running; we can also expect prices to come down.” Canagey, along with Michael Cassidy, a Google Vice President, signed the deal on behalf of their respective parties. The project already had a test run over New Zealand back in 2013.

Google plans to keep the ballons flying for 100 days and will regulate their movements using specially designed algorithm.

Original Post:http://hifipublic.com/2015/07/30/google-balloons-to-provide-country-wide-internet-in-sri-lanka/

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s