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18 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Randy Kelley
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FSOC implementation in Andhra Pradesh will address the challenges of the river and railway crossings to connect those areas where fiber cables can not reach.

FSOC implementation in Andhra Pradesh will address the challenges of river crossings, railway crossings connecting those areas where fiber can not reach.

The approach is known as free space optical technology, which has proven hard to implement in the past, but Alphabet seems confident it has solved the problems.

Alphabet Inc's moonshot factory X will use its Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology for the first time in a collaboration with Andhra Pradesh state government. After successfully transferring a copy of the 1985 comedy Real Genius over 100 kilometers between balloons using FSOC lasers, X started to wonder if the technology could be applied more terrestrially.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Government of Andhra Pradesh and Google X in San Francisco, USA in this regard.The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh Nara Lokesh and CEO of Google X Astro Teller.

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IT Minister Nara Lokesh said that by using FSOC technology the state will be able to use better bandwidth data to every house hold including houses in the tribal belt. X engineers and experts on site in AP will work together with APSFL personnel identifying and selecting suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links. "With X coming to Andhra Pradesh, the state will see revolution in communication", said Lokesh.

X, a subsidiary of Alphabet, has signed a deal with an Indian state to offer internet connectivity that it describes as " fiber optic cable, but without the cable".

Less than 20% of the 53 million people in Andhra Pradesh now have access to broadband connectivity.

Now partner AP State FiberNet will introduce 2,000 FSOC links starting from January to add additional support to its network backbone in the state. The links will fix gaps in the access points now available like cell-towers and Wi-Fi hotspots that are used by thousands of people. In order to bridge this gap, the state government and telecom service provider AP State FiberNet have been working on an initiative called AP Fiber Grid to connect 12 million households and thousands of businesses by 2019.

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