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Alphabet’s Team X Adopts Laser-Beaming Boxes To Deliver High Speed Internet In India

By Kachi Ojieh Dec 15, 2017
Rural areas are victims of poor internet connectivity especially in developing countries and this issue has persisted for quite a while until Alphabet’s X innovations lab stepped in with Project Loon. They utilized Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) which makes it possible for floating balloons kilometers away in the sky to send data wirelessly between each other. This proved successful and Alphabet’s X has now decided to use laser beam boxes instead of floating balloons; by putting FSOC equipment in those boxes (the technology behind Project Loon). The beam boxes will be mounted everywhere in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh in which less than 20% of its population has internet access.

"FSOC links use beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances — just like fiber optic cable, but without the cable. 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. FSOC boxes can simply be placed kilometers apart on roofs or towers, with the signal beamed directly between the boxes to easily traverse common obstacles like rivers, roads and railways," according to Baris Erkmen, one of Alphabet X.

We hope more organizations partner with Alphabet’s X to explore FSOC technology. What do you think? Over to you.
Rural areas are victims of poor internet connectivity especially in developing countries and this issue has persisted for quite a while until Alphabet’s X innovations lab stepped in with Project Loon. They utilized Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) which makes it possible for floating balloons kilometers away in the sky to send data wirelessly between each other. This proved successful and Alphabet’s X has now decided to use laser beam boxes instead of floating balloons; by putting FSOC equipment in those boxes (the technology behind Project Loon). The beam boxes will be mounted everywhere in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh in which less than 20% of its population has internet access.

"FSOC links use beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances — just like fiber optic cable, but without the cable. 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. FSOC boxes can simply be placed kilometers apart on roofs or towers, with the signal beamed directly between the boxes to easily traverse common obstacles like rivers, roads and railways," according to Baris Erkmen, one of Alphabet X.

We hope more organizations partner with Alphabet’s X to explore FSOC technology. What do you think? Over to you.

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