The government of Andhra Pradesh has entered into an agreement with the moonshot factory of Alphabet (earlier Google) – X – to bring the breakthrough Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology in order to provide internet through the government Fibergrid project.
This association with X labs to implement FSOC in AP is first of its kind in the world to provide wireless internet connection at a higher speed of up to 20Gbps and to a distance of up to 20kms. This significant partnership will offer a major boost to the state’s digital infrastructure and help overcome hindrances in terms of connecting isolated and difficult terrain, forest areas, river crossings, railway crossings etc.
The X Labs will initially supply the AP government with two thousand FSOC links and the X engineers and experts on site in AP will work with the government personnel to identify and select suitable sites for deployment of the FSOC links. Alphabet’s X will also set up a local office with the help of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in order to provide real time support for smooth operation of the project.