Alphabet, the company that owns tech giant Google, is still testing connecting remote cities to the Internet via lasers.
According to arstechnica, Alphabet’s X Lab team shared an update on the Taara project, an experimental point-to-point optical communications system invisible to the naked eye, often described as “fiber optics.” Without fibres.
Super internet speed provided by the new Alphabet technology
The “Tara” project, using invisible laser technology, links two cities in Africa, separated by 5 km with the Internet, which was able to transfer nearly 700 terabytes of data at speeds of up to 20 gigabytes per second, very efficiently.
The project “Alphabet” reduces the cost of Internet access for residents of African cities, which are located about 5 kilometers across the Congo River, and inhabited by millions of people, and also with an efficiency of 99.9%.The developed Tara laser beam bridges the gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on both sides of the Congo River. Internet networks offer a service at a cost five times higher.
Alphabet’s commercial link to the new internet has been running at 20 gigabits per second for 20 days so far, and the company says it provided nearly 700 terabytes of data in that time, with an uptime of 99.9 percent.
It is worth noting that Alphabet developed the Loon Internet balloon project, which was launched in 2017, where the owner of Google aimed to build volatile cell towers to deliver the Internet to remote areas, but quickly ended the project due to its high cost.
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