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Alphabet X to use lightbeams to bring internet to Andhra Pradesh

Alphabet X to use lightbeams to bring internet to Andhra Pradesh

Alphabet X have announced plans to use light beams to bring internet to Andhra Pradesh.

The tech company have signed a deal with the government of the southeastern coast state in India to use this technology to supply internet to hard to reach and isolated places, where it was previously impossible to get a connection there.

Nara Lokesh, the minister of IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh, said during a visit to the Mountain View headquarters of Alphabet: "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. This significant partnership will offer a major boost to the state's digital infrastructure and help overcome hindrances in terms of connecting isolated and difficult terrain, forest areas, river crossings, railway crossings etc."

Whilst Astro Teller, CEO of Alphabet X, added: "We are delighted to be partnering with AP FiberNet on this promising innovation that could overcome some of the longstanding challenges of getting high speed internet too hard to reach areas, and looking forward to helping them make the benefits of the web accessible to more people in Andhra Pradesh."

The plans were detailed in a blog post, posted on Alphabet X's website, where they gave more details about Free Space Optical Communications, the technology behind it.

They shared: "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."

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