NEW DELHI, Nov 4, 2015:

Google has received India’s permission to start testing Project Loon, Times of India reported.

This will allow the company to beam the Internet from balloons in the sky, to provide affordable internet access — without high-cost traditional infrastructure — to rural areas in India.

The balloons will float in the stratosphere, 20km above, to provide internet access to an area within a radius of 40km. The balloons will operate using solar panels.

Google has partnered with BSNL, the state-run telecom operator, to share its telecom spectrum.

India is the 5th Project Loon country, after New Zealand, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

A plan to provide Internet using drones has been turned down by the Indian government.

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