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Indian Govt. Asks Google To Choose Telecom Partner For Loon Project
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Indian Govt. Asks Google To Choose Telecom Partner For Loon Project

The government has asked technology giant Google to select a telecom operator in India for testing its Loon Project, the balloon-based Internet technology. "Google wants to test the Loon Project in expensive and scarce spectrum bands. It has been asked to partner with any telecom operator that can meet its requirement and then approach the government for testing Loon," an official said. "This approach should resolve the spectrum band sought by Google as well as security to some extent," the official added. The Loon Project is a research and development project being developed by Google X with the mission of providing Internet access to the rural and remote areas. The project uses high-altitude balloons placed in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 18 km to create an aerial...
Google’s Internet Balloon ‘Crashes’ in Sri Lanka Test Flight
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Google’s Internet Balloon ‘Crashes’ in Sri Lanka Test Flight

AFP, COLOMBO: A Google balloon, part of the company's high-speed Internet service known as "Project Loon", crashed in a Sri Lankan tea plantation during its maiden test flight, local police said today. Villagers found the deflated balloon with its electronic equipment in the island's central tea-growing region of Gampola on Wednesday night, an officer told AFP. "Tea plantation workers found it crashed in the plantation. They picked up the pieces and brought it to the station," the officer, who is not authorised to speak with media, told AFP by phone. However, Sri Lanka's Information and Communication Technology Agency, which is coordinating the tests with Google, described the landing as controlled and scheduled. "Google loon balloon safely landed under standard operating proce...