X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra for high-speed internet

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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.

To support the initial roll-out, X will have some engineers based in Andhra Pradesh as the deployment gets off the ground, the post said. To overcome the hindrances, the X will deploy its innovative technology, FSOC links.

The government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into an agreement with the moonshot factory of Alphabet (earlier Google) - X - to bring the breakthrough Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology in order to provide internet through the government Fibergrid project. Under the agreement, X as the innovation partner will provide the FSOC (Free Space Optical Communication) technology to the APSFL.Speaking on the occasion, IT Minister N Lokesh said that with X coming to Andhra Pradesh, the State will see revolution in communication.

Alphabet developed this technology while working on Project Loon, a mission that hopes to spread Internet access through balloons.

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With broadband becoming the basic platform for provision of a number of services like e-governance, e-health, e-commerce, e-banking, universal access to internet is a must to empower the citizens. FSOC will also help in providing high bandwidth to telecom towers (presently on low data rate microwave links) enabling to upgrade from 2G to 3G/4G services.

This association of AP FiberNet 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 upto 20 Gbps and to a distance of upto 20kms.

Andhra Pradesh will lose Hyderabad in 2024 due to the creation of a new Indian state, lowering its overall connectivity.

Less than 20% of the 53 million people in Andhra Pradesh now have access to broadband connectivity. And that is what its latest tie-up with Andhra Pradesh is all about. FiberNet's goal is to help bring broadband connectivity to 12 million households by 2019, and these boxes could give FiberNet a cost-effective alternative to traditional mobile towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, while also expanding existing broadband coverage to areas where traditional tech can't reach.

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