INDORE: Ujjain may become the first city in India to implement Google’s prestigious Project Loon that uses high altitude balloons to provide internet connections, if a request made by the Simhastha 2016 organizers is considered by the Centre.
Ujjain administration has sent a request to the communications and IT ministry, urging it to rope in Google to implement Project Loon during Simhastha 2016, when over 5 crore people from different parts of the world are expected to converge in the holy town, Ujjain municipal corporation commissioner and Simhsatha mela officer Avinash Lavaniya told TOI.
Project Loon, developed by Google X, aims at providing internet access to 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 wireless network with up to 4G-LTE speeds. Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter.
“If implemented, Ujjain will be the first city in India to have Google Loon,” Lavaniya said.