Telangana is in the hope of starting something new. This time, Telangana Government in high hopes to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology of Google X to provide hassle-free internet to people on different parts of the state. With this, the state government officials have also discussed the proposal with Tom Moore, Vice President, Google X on the sidelines of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018, and the concluding lines are being drawn now.
State’s Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Jayesh Ranjan, regarded that, “We had very useful preliminary discussions. He is willing to bring that technology to India as a test case”. The state government wants to implement the technology for connectivity in the areas where it could not lay optic fiber cables under T Fiber project, aimed at providing high-speed connectivity to all the households.
Further, these optic fiber cables are being laid along with the water pipelines under Mission Bhagiratha, i.e. the government programme aimed at providing drinking water to every house. Ranjan also added that “Since we have missed out on some bits, where the water pipelines were already laid, the optical technology of Google X can be used as this does not require a cable. This is something revolutionary in the area of connectivity and is easy to deploy. We have asked him (Moore) to showcase how this technology works in bits where we missed out on fiber. His team will work on the proposal and show. If that materializes we will be the first user of this technology in India”. Moore delivered the keynote address on ‘Connecting the next billion online’ at WCIT. There he had added that FSOC linking would help to provide high-speed wireless internet access to millions without digging trenches or stringing cable along poles.
Also known as X, the moonshot factory had also signed an agreement last year with Andhra Pradesh to deploy FSOC technology. So, now, Andhra plans to roll out 2,000 FSOC links to bring a wireless internet connection to the state. The FSOC links would plug critical gaps to major access points, like cell-towers and WiFi hotspots, that support thousands of people. In fact, the previous month saw Chaparai, a tribal hamlet in Boddagandi village of East Godavari district, being connected for the usage of the technology under a pilot project.