Google seeks service for Loon pilot program in India

Google seeks carrier for Loon pilot program in India

Google’s Undertaking Loon has blossomed from a loopy-sounding scheme right into a sensible program. In truth, the corporate can now auto-launch a balloon in half-hour that may keep aloft for one hundred days. For the subsequent step, the corporate will run a full pilot program to offer service to numerous precise individuals, and is planning on doing it in India. The corporate’s VP in India VP, Rajan Anandan, advised the Financial Occasions that it might want to companion with an India-based mostly service to take action. “We will not do a Loon pilot with out partnering with an area telco. We’re speaking to quite a lot of them.”

Google ran checks with Australian service Telstra, however solely in a small space with 20 or so balloons. In India, nevertheless, the corporate intends to run a full-scale pilot program. In line with the Occasions‘ sources, it’s talking with a telco referred to as BSNL, although Google would not affirm that. Nevertheless, it says that, “at a simplistic degree, it is simply infrastructure within the sky … the precise provisioning of the service is completed by an area telco.” Google has already stated that in contrast to Fb’s Free Fundamentals web service — which was banned in India — Challenge Loon would not prohibit content material. If the check program proves profitable (and not dangerous, as some critics assume), it can open up the web to numerous people who would haven’t any probability of being related in any other case.