Google Loon project to cover Sri Lanka with 3G internet

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July 28, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government and Google on Tuesday signed an agreement to cover the Island with 3G internet under ‘Google Loon project’.

Sri Lanka is the first country in the world to have Internet access covering the whole country with the government support, Google Vice President and Project Leader on GoogleX Project Loon, Mike Cassidy said.

Project Loon is the latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access.

It is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill in coverage gaps and bring people back online after disasters.

“With our system we use LTE which is a common protocol most of the telcos use around the world. So anyone with a smart phone would be able to get internet access. One of the key things we do is we partner with the local telcos. In New Zealand we partnered with Vodafone.” Cassidy said.

It is expected to place 13 balloons above Sri Lanka over the next few months (One balloon is expected to last over 100 days) and internet service providers will have to connect this network through these ‘floating towers’ which will ultimately reduce their transmission costs.

“Matara covered or Jaffna covered is now history. In a few months we will be able to say Sri Lanka covered,” addressing the signing ceremony Foreign, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

“As a result of this agreement, the entire Sri Lankan island – every village from Dondra to Point Pedro – will be covered with affordable high speed internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology.” Samaraweera said.

The project is handled by ICTA with the collaboration of former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya who now represents lotus flare, a leading mobile content provider.

VIDEO: Introducing Project Loon

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uditha
uditha
7 years ago

loon project was best but loon baloon get down what we have to do with it

Yeshan J Rajapaksha
Yeshan J Rajapaksha
7 years ago
Reply to  uditha

Lol, do you think they didn’t thinks of it 😀
I have no idea how they exactly replace it.
But obviously the general idea is they will track it and recycle it..!
Chees…!

Burton
Burton
7 years ago
Reply to  uditha

LOL, typical Sri Lankan attitude buddy…

Chan Wee
Chan Wee
7 years ago

this is already in place in New Zealand. the main criterion for implementation is the land area. it works on a similar tech to gsm but from a higher elevation and less costly than the earth sats.
we shud be happy for such attractions – even microsoft used colombo university in their worldwide software development initiative. if only the powers supported such private-sector initiatives without politicizing everything, we could be moving forwards as a nation.