Google is using light beam tech to connect rural India to the internet

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 17/12/2017 23:36

Alphabet’s X — the company formerly known as Google X — is working with a telecom operator in Indian state Andhra Pradesh, home to over 50 million people, to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC), a technology that uses beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances.

Now partner AP State FiberNet will introduce 2,000 FSOC links starting from January to add additional support to its network backbone in the state. The X project is aimed at “critical gaps to major access points, like cell-towers and WiFi hotspots, that support thousands of people,” the company said.

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