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This article was published on July 29, 2015

Google’s internet balloons may provide internet to Sri Lanka

Google’s internet balloons may provide internet to Sri Lanka
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Update 30th July: Sources tell The Next Web that Google has not signed an agreement to deliver internet to Sri Lanka but has only opened discussions with the country.

Our source tells us that the company has signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” to open discussions but has not agreed to bring Loon to Sri Lanka yet.

Original story:

Two years on, Google’s Project Loon is getting its first big client: the entire country of Sri Lanka.

Google and the government of Sri Lanka have signed an agreement that will see the internet balloons providing connectivity across the entire country.

Sri Lanka’s IT Minister, Mangala Samaraweera told Lanka Business Online that “As a result of this agreement, the entire Sri Lankan island – every village from Dondra to Point Pedro – will be covered with affordable high speed internet using Google Loon’s balloon technology.”

The agreement marks the first time Project Loon will be widely adopted, outside of small tests providing connectivity to rural New Zealand.

Thanks for the tip, Manoj Ranaweera!

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