Google uses Light beams to bring rural Andhra Pradesh online

Andhra Pradesh Fiber Grid Light beams

Andhra Pradesh government initiative to connect 12 million households to the internet by 2019 is turning to reality with Alphabet X labs light beam laser internet technology. The GoAP (government of Andhra Pradesh) has entered into an agreement with Alphabet (formerly Google) X Labs  to bring the breakthrough Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology in order to provide internet to rural areas of the state.

What is FSOC?
Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) is a technology that uses beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances.

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."

AP State FiberNet will introduce 2,000 FSOC links starting from January to add additional support to its network backbone in the state. Goodle X labs is working with a telecom operator in Indian state Andhra Pradesh, home to over 50 million people.

Related Q&A
What percentage of population in Andhra Pradesh have access to broadband connectivity?
20% of 53 million population

Tags: Google X, FSOC, light beams, internet, lasers, Andhra Pradesh, Fiber Grid, rural india, 


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