Google Loon Set To Cover Entire Sri Lanka

Posted: Jul 30 2015, 7:57am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 30 2015, 8:19am CDT, in Technology News


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Google Loon Set to Cover Entire Sri Lanka
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  • Google Loon offering internet by using balloons about to be launched in Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka will become the first country to have free universal internet coverage as Google Loon project will cover the whole country.

Google had announced its Google loon project back in 2013. The aim of the project was to deliver internet to remote and rural areas in the world. Google Loon will use high-tech balloons filled with helium. And these balloons will provide high-speed internet on the island.

Google Loon project will first be launched in Sri Lanka, according to AFP. Google and the Sri Lankan authorities have joined forces to launch the project in the country.

Both Google and Sri Lankan government confirmed the news on Tuesday. Sri Lanka will become the first country in the region with universal internet coverage. Almost everyone in the country will have access to internet.

The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera also talked about the project. She said that Google Loon will be launched from the capital city Colombo above the Indian Ocean.

The balloons will contain the gear necessary to establish an internet connection. Balloon technology will cover every corner of Sri Lanka from North to South. Villages such as the Dondra to Point Pedro will all have internet access.

March 2016 is the date set for the completion of Google Loon project. Internet service providers will be able to access the balloon. And this will reduce their operational charges. The project by Google will also help in bringing down the prices of internet services.

According to Google once the balloon are up and running, they will hardly be visible to humans. The balloons will be placed in the stratosphere at twice the distance commercial airlines take.

The balloons will stay in the air for 100 days. An algorithm will track the activity of the balloons. Initial tests on the project were carried out in New Zealand back in 2013.

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