Google’s Project Loon will interfere with cellular spectrum, says govt

Google's Project Loon uses big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometers above earth surface to transmit Internet services.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 31, 2016 9:55 am
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Google’s Project Loon, through which the online search giant plans to provide internet connectivity using balloons, will interfere with cellular transmissions of mobile operators in India, the government said today.

“The proposed frequency band to be used in the Loon Project of Google is being used for cellular operations in India and it will lead to interference with cellular transmissions,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

The statement of the Minister assumes significance in the backdrop of call drop problem faced by consumers due to poor network quality. On a query that whether there are technical glitches in according approval to Project Loon, the Minister replied in affirmative.

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Google, under its Project Loon, is using big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometers above earth surface for transmission of Internet services. It has already tested this technology in New Zealand, California (the US) and Brazil. As per Google, each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter using a wireless communications technology called LTE or 4G.

To use LTE or 4G, Project Loon partners with telecom companies to share cellular spectrum so that people will be able to access the Internet everywhere directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. Google uses solar panel and wind to power electronic equipment in the balloon throughout the day.

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  1. Siddhant Agarwal
    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    I agree with the folk...greedy deep pocketed people. Shouldnt PmNaMo green flag this as a part of his initiative Digital India?
    1. chandru sharma
      Dec 14, 2015 at 5:41 am
      yup...! this is very innovative technology when it arrives early its more convenient for us...! Chandru from bizbilla - b2b portal
      1. John McMahon
        Dec 12, 2015 at 6:41 am
        yeah find all faults in this project will make public internet free....and hence your bosses (all telecom company) shop to get shut down.
        1. S
          Dec 13, 2015 at 8:38 am
          Sunil Mittal, Ambani brothers and other cellular companies must have bribed the govt officers to stop Google's free Loon internet project. So, govt officers are barking bulsht now. Satellite signals interfere with cellular signals? No. Cellular signals of different companies interfere with one another? No. Those cellular companies and govt think public dumb. Unlimited greed of Sunil Mittal and Ambani brothers big trouble for all Indians. They are always trying to suck blood out of every Indian. Airtel and Reliance spending crores to kill net neutrality. Mukesh over charging people for gas. The list is too long. And dumb govt is supporting these greedy businessmen instead of supporting public who choose them to take care of India and Indians.
          1. K
            Dec 13, 2015 at 8:16 am
            Can't understand how this balloons can interfere with current 4G!!! If Tata has a 4G tower and Airtel also has a 4G tower will they interfere with new Ambani's Gio 4G tower?! Either Telecom Ministry is stupid or misleading or ignorant. Or this is wrongly communicated. Have you tried or tested it? Do you have a proven result to say so? How can you ume or make such statement Telecom Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad??!!
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