Alphabet `X' sells new wireless internet technology to Andhra Pradesh

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"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. 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. Using what is called Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC), Alphabet proved it's possible to reliably send data wirelessly between balloons floating hundreds of metres in the sky.

HYDERABAD, India, December 15, 2017/PRNewswire/- To boost Andhra Pradesh's digital infrastructure to an enviable modernity with breakthrough technology, the Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited (APSFL) a fully-owned company of Government of Andhra Pradesh and X Development LLC, known as X, Alphabet's moonshot factory that works on new cutting-edge technologies, co-signed a landmark agreement.

The MoU was signed in the presence of IT and Panchayat Raj Minister Nara Lokesh at California in the United States.

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"This association with X labs to implement FSOC in AP is first of its kind in the world to provide wireless internet connection at a higher speed of up to 20Gbps and to a distance of up to 20kms".

As per the MoU, Google X will initially supply Andhra Pradesh with two thousand FSOC links.

For Indians to use Google's services, however, they need access to the internet.

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Also, its engineers and experts will work together with APFSL staff in identifying and selecting suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links. "With X coming to Andhra Pradesh, the state will see revolution in communication", said Lokesh.

Andhra Pradesh, a state situated in the south east of India, has a population of around 50 million people, less than a fifth of whom have access to broadband. FiberNet's goal is to help bring broadband connectivity to 12 million households by 2019, and these boxes could give FiberNet a cost-effective alternative to traditional mobile towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, while also expanding existing broadband coverage to areas where traditional tech can't reach.

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