X to deploy FSOC technology in Andhra for high-speed internet

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Lokesh said the state government is committed to bringing high-speed internet and broadband connections to about 12 million households and 130,000 enterprises by March 2019. "Today AP State FiberNet announced that they'll be rolling out two thousand FSOC links created by our team at X". However, increasing network reliability in the State has become a challenge.

The agreement between the state government and X, formerly known as Google X, was signed during Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh's visit to X office in Mountain View, California. Using what is called Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC), Alphabet proved it's possible to reliably send data wirelessly between balloons floating hundreds of metres in the sky. "This significant partnership will offer a major boost to the state's digital infrastructure and help overcome hindrances in terms of connecting isolated and hard terrain, forest areas, river crossings, railway crossings etc".

The X centre in Visakhapatnam will be its first development centre outside the US. Initially, FSOC technology was being used to allow the balloons to communicate with each other.

FSOC links use beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances - just like fiber optic cable, but without the cable. Lokesh, son of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, tweeted that X will be the state's innovation partner, deploy its resources and team to help achieve the goal of Digital Andhra.

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X, the research division of Google's parent company Alphabet, has developed a new high-speed wireless technology that could make it easier to connect millions of residents in rural areas.

Andhra Pradesh will lose Hyderabad in 2024 due to the creation of a new Indian state, lowering its overall connectivity. The corporation has been established primarily to undertake the works of AP Fiber Grid with a vision to establish a highly scalable network infrastructure, accessible on a non- discriminatory basis, to provide on demand, affordable and end-to-end broadband connectivity of 10 to 20 Mbps for all households and 1 to 10 Gbps for all institutions and Multi- Dwelling Units to enable realization of the vision of Digital AP, in partnership with the Government of India and the private sector.

About Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited (APSFL): APSFL is a PSU 100% owned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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