Started in Colombo. Google’s Project Loon is a balloon-powered high-speed Internet service finally began its first tests in Sri Lanka on Monday ahead of a scheduled joint venture with Colombo, according to the country’s top IT official. One of three balloons will be used in the first trails which entered the Island nation’s airspace.
Information and Communication Technology Agency chief Muhuntham Canagey said:
“The first balloon entered our airspace this morning. It was launched from South America.” Canagey told AFP.”It is currently over southern Sri Lanka.” Also said that Google team was expected later this week to test flight controls, spectrum efficiency and other technical matters regarding.
The Mountain View-based internet giant is reportedly trailing three new net delivery balloons in Sri Lanka. The internet-based balloons were launched from South America, according to AFP, have travelled vast distances to get to Sri Lanka. A Project Loon balloon floating over a mountain range to reach the Island.
The main agenda of Project Loon is, Google says on its website two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have internet access. Where the search giant want to expand its reach and developed Project Loon, as a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space, specifically designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and at the same time bring people back online after disasters.
The Sri Lankan government announced earlier this month it would however take a 25% stake in a joint venture with Google to deliver a high-speed internet service powered by helium-filled balloons. In return, it has pledged to give Google spectrum for the project. A further 10% of the joint Project Loon venture would be offered to existing telephone service providers on the island.
Once in the stratosphere, the balloons, which have a lifespan of 180 days will be twice as high as commercial airlines and hard to see from the surface of the Earth. Officials from Sri Lanks involved with the project claim they will be able to recycle the balloons. It promises to extend coverage and cheaper rates for data services.
Service providers in Sri Lank will also be able to access higher speeds and improve the quality of their existing service once the balloon project is up and running perfectly. Officials figures show there are almost 3.3 million mobile internet connections and 630,000 fixed line internet subscribers among SL more than 20 million population. Sri Lanka became the foremost country in South Asia to introduce mobile phones in 1989 and firt to roll out a 3G network in 2004, and also the first region to unveil a 4G network two years ago. And today, becomes one of first countries to introduce Google’s Project Loon – Internet-powered Balloon up the sky.
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