Sri Lanka provides internet to rural areas using Google internet balloons, perhaps a call for India to consider such viable options

Google balloons will soon be up in the air floating above Sri Lanka, providing internet to millions of Sri Lankan rural mass! Being committed to the mission of providing high-speed affordable internet access to rural areas, Sri Lanka has partnered with Google to use its balloons that beam signals from sky.

Google internet balloons

Introduced in 2013, Google internet balloons, popularly known as Google Project Loon 2013 uses helium-filled, hi-tech balloons made from polythene film float in the stratosphere about 20km above the Earth to beam signals. The balloons are equipped with flight computers and the altitudes are controlled from the ground, keeping them moving along a desired channel by using different winds at different heights. Users would need to install a receiver in the ground to get signal.

Claiming to be cheaper than the traditional fibre cables, the transmitter on each balloon would beam down the internet to an area of about 1250 They are floated at a height twice as high as airplanes and will not be visible to naked eyes.

Through the partnership with Google, the villages lying along the stretch of Dondra (south) to Point Pedro (northern) in Sri Lanka will receive internet connections. Local service providers will also have access to balloons, reducing their operational costs. This can even enhance the quality of the service providers. The prices may also come down.

Google will finish sending up the balloons for the purpose by March 2016. Thousands of balloons will be floated for providing coverage to the entire island.

Sri Lanka has always been in the forefront when it comes to technology. The country is the first in South Asia to introduce mobile phones in 1989. It was also the first country to roll out 3G network in 2004. Sri Lanka introduced 4G two years ago. Now with Google Project Loon, Sri Lanka will be the first country in Indian Ocean region with complete coverage.

It is high time that Indian government soon adopt such feasible methods for providing coverage. Google was reported to be in talks with India to introduce Google Project Loon in India.

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August 3, 2015 12:56 pm 12:56 PM

Srilanka is technologically very advanced. Their INTERNET is cheap and affordable and also they give a lot of importance to proliferation of internet

August 1, 2015 8:55 pm 8:55 PM

Govt of india is a sleeping kumvakarna………. Here our policy maker are bent to loot money frm people and make ambanis birlas tatas by looting natural resouce……they even do not know that such type of project is going by google….. Srilanka deserve this because they wipe LTTE like epidemic and we are still debating to hang a terrorist after 20 years of bombblast…….. Thats our acheivement……..

August 1, 2015 8:52 pm 8:52 PM

no use

August 1, 2015 8:34 pm 8:34 PM

No need for that while Reliance Jio will have 100% pan india coverage.

Dr.Manu Arora
August 1, 2015 8:29 pm 8:29 PM

Good initiative by Google and Google Project Loon should come in India too, but COAI will crib about their investment in spectrum auctions and BTS towers.

August 1, 2015 7:30 pm 7:30 PM

good initiative. India govt should consider such type of alternative solution.

August 1, 2015 5:42 pm 5:42 PM

fir airtel .reliance , idea jaisi companiyo ka kya hoga… that is the only resaon behind govt decision to not adopt this offer from google when they two years ago


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