Stating that Fibernet is a part of the Bharat Net initiative and AP is the first State to implement it in the country, Lokesh said that with an innovative thought of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the adoption of aerial fiber model over utility poles made it to achieve faster implementation of the project stringing 24000 kms of fiber cable and setting up 2,464 pops in a record time of 9 months. A team from Alphabet's X was earlier running a pilot on FSOC technology in Andhra Pradesh.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Government of Andhra Pradesh and Google X in San Francisco, USA in this regard.The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh Nara Lokesh and CEO of Google X Astro Teller.
Emboldened by the results, Alphabet's Team X then looked for other areas where it could apply the tech behind Project Loon.
For Indians to use Google's services, however, they need access to the internet.
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The X Labs will initially supply the AP government with two thousand FSOC links and the X engineers and experts on site in AP will work with the government personnel to identify and select suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links.
In India, Alphabet is partnering with telecom company AP State FiberNet to install around 2000 FSOC boxes across the region.
Balloons positioned high in the sky proved an effective way of transporting data large distances, using an optical communication technology called Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) to deliver high-speed connectivity through beams of light. Andhra Pradesh has more than 15,000 towers without fiber connectivity and relies on microwave links to maintain voice and 2G data service. If the implementation of this project in the state of Andhra Pradesh is successful, FSOC can be taken forward to provide network connection to the remotest reaches of the world. And that is what its latest tie-up with Andhra Pradesh is all about. By 2019, the state is planning to add another 12 million households.
Google is bringing a wireless internet technology it tested in the stratosphere to connect rural areas in India's Andhra Pradesh state.