Global search engine giant Google planned to bring its much ambitious Project Loon to the world’s largest democracy. After initial reservation, Indian government has given final approval to google to address digital challenges of future. This project will allow rural areas to access internet using stratosphere trotting balloons carrying 4G LTE equipment with spectrum leased from local telecoms.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and Information Technology said, “We must be liberal in permitting experimentation of new technology for connectivity. Let there be pilots, Project Loon and Microsoft’s project (White Spaces), let the new experimentation happen… When the results come, we will take policy initiatives consistent with security requirements. I am very open with experimentation of new products”.
The project has already had successful tests in Brazil, California and New Zealand. The loon is soon heading India to provide better internet access. Google’s pilot projects for Loon has already hit some areas of India such as Andhra Pradesh.
Google’s next move is likely to be approaching Prasad directly to discuss the specifications of the project as far as necessary clearances and modifications. For now, the project is in testing market, so its likely launch few months before the pilot programs can get off the ground.