In India, Google’s internet project Loon may interfere with cellular transmission

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Google’s Project Loon will interfere with cellular transmissions of mobile operators in India.

Google through Project Loon plans to use big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometers above earth surface for transmission of Internet services.

“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,” said Prasad.

He also said there will be technical glitches while approving Project Loon.

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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