Sri Lanka inks MoU with Google to launch Project Google Loon
Government of Sri Lanka inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with search engine giant Google to launch the Google Loon project in the country.
As per the MoU, Google will place 13 high-altitude balloons over the island nation to provide affordable high-speed 3G (3rd Generation) internet services to the entire country. It is also expected that this project will provide free Wi-Fi connectivity across Sri Lanka.
Successful implementation of this project will make Sri Lanka the first country in the world to have Internet access covering the whole country with the government support.
Google Loon project: It is Google’s ambitious research and development project with the mission of providing Internet access to rural and remote areas.
Under this project, Google will install high altitude ‘floating telecom tower’ balloons in the sky which will provide full broadband internet coverage.
These balloons have transceivers which can connect to cell phone networks filling gaps in their networks especially in remote areas such as mountains and deserts.