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


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.