Alphabet's moonshot factory Google X sells wireless internet technology to Andhra Pradesh

Alphabet's moonshot factory Google X sells wireless internet technology to Andhra Pradesh

"And because there's no cable, this means there's none of the time, cost, and hassle involved in digging trenches or stringing cable along poles", said Baris Erkmen, an X spokesperson. Initially, FSOC technology was being used to allow the balloons to communicate with each other.

The Andhra Pradesh State Fibernet Limited (APSFL) and X Development Centre LLC, formerly known as Google X, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at California.

You can think of FSOC as functioning similarly to fiberoptic cable, using beams of light to carry information over huge distances in the blink of an eye. Lokesh, son of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, tweeted that X will be the state's innovation partner, deploy its resources and team to help achieve the goal of Digital Andhra. The state government has committed to connecting 12 million households and thousands of government organizations and businesses by 2019 - an initiative called AP Fiber Grid.

A technology - free space optical communications - would be provided by the X research division of the U.S. company to deliver high-speed and high-capacity broadband connectivity over long distances. X engineers and experts on site in AP will work together with APSFL personnel identifying and selecting suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links.

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The State government has launched AP Fibergrid project with a view to providing digital connectivity to every household in the State.

These FSOC links will form part of the high-bandwidth backbone of their network...

Astro Teller said, "We are delighted to be partnering with AP FiberNet on this promising innovation that could overcome some of the longstanding challenges of getting high-speed internet too hard to reach areas, and look forward to helping them make the benefits of the web accessible to more people in Andhra Pradesh". The Google project is aimed at "critical gaps to major access points, like cell-towers and WiFi hotspots, that support thousands of people", Google said.

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