In an attempt to provide internet access where most peoples live offline, internet giant Google is working on a pilot project with the government of India, for providing internet connectivity, using giant balloons. The project has already been tasted in New Zealand, California and Brazil.
Google is using big balloons floating at a height of 20-kilometres above Earth surface for transmission of internet services in its ‘Project Loon’.
“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,” an official source told PTI.
According to the report, Google may initially partner with BSNL for testing this technology by using broadband spectrum in 2.6GHz band. Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter, using a wireless communications technology, called LTE or 4G.
Google uses solar panel and wind to power electronic equipments in the balloon throughout the day. Project Loon also partners with telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum to use LTE, which will enable people to use internet directly from LTE-enabled devices.
“The DeitY committee is looking at various aspects to facilitate tests 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,” sources added.