Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Markets | By Josh Butler

Andhra Pradesh government signs agreements with Alphabet X for Fibergrid project

Andhra Pradesh government signs agreements with Alphabet X for Fibergrid project

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" ... However, keeping stratospheric balloons going permanently is a tricky task, which is why Alphabet's R&D arm, X, has been working toward a ground-based solution that replicates the same technological ethos as the balloons.

X's Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology is capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second between the rooftop boxes.

Andhra Pradesh government has entered into an agreement with Google X to bring their FSOC technology to the state. Under the agreement, X as the innovation partner will provide the FSOC (Free Space Optical Communication) technology to the APSFL.Speaking on the occasion, IT Minister N Lokesh said that with X coming to Andhra Pradesh, the State will see revolution in communication.

Emboldened by the results, Alphabet's Team X then looked for other areas where it could apply the tech behind Project Loon. X engineers and experts on site will work together with APFSL personnel identifying and selecting suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links.

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As part of the partnership, and to provide real-time support for the smooth operation of this project, X will also set up a local office with the help of the AP Government.

A high level delegation from the Government of Andhra Pradesh led by Honorable Minister of IT & Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Mr. Nara Lokesh including A. Babu, MD of APSFL (Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited); Raju Indukuri, Chairman of GTEN, AP Economic Development Board and Hari Prasad Vemuru, Technology Advisor to Government of Andhra Pradesh were present at the event.

Andhra Pradesh will lose Hyderabad in 2024 due to the creation of a new Indian state, lowering its overall connectivity.

According to a report by India's telecom regulator, around 15 million people from Andhra Pradesh have subscribed for high-speed internet. The state wants to help 12 million households and thousands of government organizations and businesses get broadband by 2019.

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