Alphabet’s X Will Provide Internet to Rural Andhra Pradesh

Alphabet Inc’s X research division said that the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India will buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable.

Andhra Pradesh currently has a population of 53 million  people, of which only 15 million have access to the internet, and its government wants to connect an additional 12 million households by 2019. This partnership will also boost the state’s digital infrastructure and help overcome hindrances in terms of connecting isolated and difficult terrain, forest areas, river crossings, and railway crossings.

Map of Andhra Pradesh

Map of Andhra Pradesh

 

2,000 boxes  will be installed as far as 12 miles apart on posts and roofs to bring a fast internet connection to populated areas. Reuters reports that X plans to deploy free space optical technology which transmits data through light beams at up to 20 gigabits per second between the rooftop boxes.

Baris Erkmen, who is leading the effort inside X, said his team is “piloting a new approach” to overcome the challenges, but he did not specify the software and hardware advancements. X plans to set up a local office with the help of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in order to provide real time support to the project.

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California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.

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