Sri Lanka and Loon Balloons

July 29, 2015

If you are in Sri Lanka, you will be able to get high speed Internet. Sri Lanka is conveniently located near south east Asia. It is an island, and it is easy to reach. I assume there will be excellent on the scene reportage about the high speed Internet provided by the Google Loon balloons.

Sriankan Tourism Catogory

A Sri Lankan beach.

The details of this Loon deployment appear in “Google’s Balloons to Provide Sri Lanka with High-Speed Internet.” I learned:

the X Labs creation uses stratospheric balloons that transmit signals to the ground to provide internet coverage even in rural locations. That’s why Sri Lanka’s government news portal is proudly proclaiming that the nation is “on its way to becoming the first country in the world to have universal internet coverage.”

Sriankan Tourism Catogory

You can surf when you are not “surfing.”

There are parts of Kentucky where Internet access is not available; for example, in the restaurant across the street from the largest mall in Kentucky. Sri Lanka is preferable because it is a more cost effective location for a test. Air fare from SFO to Columbo begins at $2,400. Such a deal for a 24 hour trip door to door.

The Sri Lankan infrastructure makes testing as easy as walking across the Stanford University soccer fields.

Google’s new focus on cost control is evident in choosing this remote island for a test. There are a couple of beaches, mountains, and a dynamic, highly charged technological pulse beating throughout an area the size of Texas. One can shop for computer parts at the Micro Centre in Unity Plaza or snag a missing part in Delhi, a short jaunt for an intrepid Googler.

The location for the Loon test is not Sicily. Google is renting some ruins in Sicily for a meeting about cost controls. Sicily is also close to Google’s Mountain View headquarters and an easy trip for the journalists who cover the firm’s excursions into financial probity.

Stephen E Arnold, July 29, 2015


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