Alphabet's X sells new wireless internet tech to Indian state


Google X will deploy a team to Andhra Pradesh to work on the rollout. This will be their first development center outside the United State of America.

Less than 20 per cent of people in Andhra Pradesh now have access to broadband connectivity.

Lokesh said the state government is committed to bring high speed internet and broadband connections to about 12 million households and 130,000 enterprises by March 2019. The new technology is called Free Space Optical communications or FSOC.

Alphabet X, the company's moonshoot division, announced Thursday it will sell Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology to India's Andhra Pradesh state government to connect rural and remote areas across the state.

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State Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh who is touring the U.S. seeking investments from companies inked a MoU with Google X on Friday to set up an advanced research centre on the port city of Vizag. This network will power internet in 13 districts through 2 thousand FSOC links. The positive tests resulted in the agreement to take the relationship forward. Increasing network reliability and connecting isolated and hard terrain, forest areas, river crossings, railway crossings and the remotest reaches of the state with broadband connections will become easier with the new initiative.

FSOC will also help providing high bandwidth to telecom towers (presently on low data rate microwave links) enabling to upgrade from 2G to 3G/4G services. Andhra Pradesh has more than 15,000 towers without fiber connectivity and relies on microwave links to maintain voice and 2G data service. Instead of floating Wi-Fi hotspots in balloons, it is now using laser beam links which it has described as "just like fibre optic cable, but without the cable" ...

For the last few months, a small group of us - some of us from the Loon team and some of us who've worked on various connectivity-related technologies over the years - have been piloting a new approach with FSOC links.

About Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited (APSFL): APSFL is a PSU 100% owned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.