Doubts and questions hover over Google Loon Project in Sri Lanka

Doubts and questions hover over Google Loon Project in Sri Lanka

Doubts and questions hover over Google Loon Project in Sri Lanka

Written by Keshala Dias

06 Mar, 2017 | 9:33 pm

Over the recent past, Newsfirst has reported extensively on underhand dealings which have been taking place under the guise of the Google Loon project.

This is another exposé.

Scrutiny of the official website of Project Loon reveals that in the countries where Google is carrying out testing, it is being done in partnership with recognised telecommunication companies.

The website states that Project Loon has conducted connectivity tests with Vodafone in New Zealand, Telefonica in Brazil and Telstra in Australia.

Loon also has a testing agreement with Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL Axiata in Indonesia.

Project Loon has also partnered with BSNL, a state owned telecommunication service provider in India.

Furthermore, the website states that Project Loon is open to partnering with telecommunication companies interested in extending internet connectivity to rural and remote areas in their countries.

Incidentally in Sri Lanka, Project Loon has entered into an agreement with the Rama Corporation.

Interestingly, the Rama Corporation, which has only two Directors, P. Sivagananathan and Malaka Chaminda Bandara Talwatte, does not even own any shares in any state or privately owned telecommunication service providers.

While Project Loon has partnered with well known telecommunication companies in other countries in which it is conducting testing, in Sri Lanka, the partner is the Rama Corporation, an entity that was only registered on the 26th of June 2015.

Meanwhile, speaking at an event held in Colombo on March 06, Science,Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, remarked on the Google Loon project.

He claimed that it has been close to two years or one and half years since the Google Loon task was entrusted, therefore, progress should be seen.

“Just because we say that we will generate one million jobs for the youth through technology, if that is not fulfilled, hopes will be dashed”, he added.

Furthermore, he noted that the above tasks must be initiated and completed at the earliest, as there are plenty of intellectuals who have the technological knowledge for this, in our country.

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