Google X, a high-tech arm of IT behemoth Google, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AP Government to set up a centre to develop and test its cutting-edge technologies in Visakhapatnam. The MoU was signed within the sight of Minister of IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh Nara Lokesh and CEO of Google X Astro Teller. 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.
X will initially supply AP state with two thousand FSOC links.
APFSL, a part of BharatNet initiative has 52% of ring and 48% of linear connectivity and covers 85% of households in the state.
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Currently, only 20 percent of residents in Andhra Pradesh have access to Internet.
"With Google X coming to AP, the state will see revolution in communication", said Nara Lokesh.Alphabet Inc's X research division said yesterday that India's Andhra Pradesh state government would buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable. FSOC will also help in providing high bandwidth to telecom towers (presently on low data rate microwave links) enabling to upgrade from 2G to 3G/4G services. Andhra Pradesh has more than 15,000 towers without fibre connectivity and rely on microwave links to maintain voice and 2G data service.
Earlier this year, Alphabet, which not only owns Google but also Google X, which is devoted to creating world-changing new technologies, said that it gave up on its internet drone project, called Titan, about a year ago. 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. The tech uses light beams to deliver high-speed, high-capacity internet connectivity over long distances. The grid is expected to connect approximately 53 million people.