Under the Taara project, Alphabet X has successfully transmitted data about 5 km by laser. Within 20 days, the project sent 700 terabytes of data across the Congo River.
Research Institute X, formerly Google X, is an independent Alphabet company. A little over a year ago, the company started Project Taara, with the goal of providing fast internet to communities that they don’t have access to today, for geographic or economic reasons.
The idea is to use a laser to be able to send data quickly and over great distances, between the transmitter and the receiver.
X has now announced that it tried to send 700 terabytes of data across the Congo River for 20 days. This corresponds to data showing a World Cup match in HD resolution 270,000 times, the company itself writes In a blog post.
Laser Taras Project
The data was transmitted between Brazzaville, in the Republic of the Congo, and Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The distance between the cities is about 5 km, separated by the Congo River.
According to X, data broadcast with the Project Taara laser must be transmittable at speeds of up to 20 Gbps. But the weather can affect the speed.
Project Taara builds on technology developed under the now-defunct Project Loon. The latter was intended to give the world’s population access to the Internet by using balloons in the stratosphere. Here, too, the starting point was the laser for data transmission.
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