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Google's 'Project Loon' to provide wireless internet to rural areas with govt's help
Google is working with the Government of India on a pilot project where the Internet giant is trying to provide wireless internet to the rural areas of the country through large balloons.

Google under its project Loon, is using large balloons, which are suspended in the stratosphere (a height of 20 kilometers above earth surface) for transmission of Internet service. Testing of this technology has already been done in New Zealand, California and Brazil.

According to an official source, the Internet giant Google has approached the Government of India to set up the Loon project and drone-based Internet transmission. The government has already approved the testing of this project and a committee under chairmanship of Secretary, DEITY, has been formed to look after this project.

According to Google, each balloon has a capacity to provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter using the LTE wireless technology. The technology, used for 4G services has potential to replace mobile towers as it can directly transmit signals on 4G mobile phones.

The balloon will work on solar panel and wind to power electronic equipment. The Google will only provide technology, and is not responsible for the internet service. The internet will be transmitted on ground using eight big solar powered drones.

The DEITY committee is now looking at various aspects and is identifying the locations to place the balloons.

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