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Sri Lanka launches country-wide internet coverage

Despite some reports making this arrangement between Google and Sri Lanka sound like a done deal

Baku. 1 August. REPORT.AZ/ Project Loon is undoubtably one of the most "Google" projects that Google is working on - Wi-Fi being delivered by giant floating balloons is certainly a unique approach to getting internet to hard-to-reach areas, Report informs citing foreign media. 

While Project Loon still sits in the Google X "moonshots" lab, it got a vote of confidence from the nation of Sri Lanka, which announced yesterday it was investigating using Google's Project Loon balloons to cover the country with internet access. If this comes to fruition, Sri Lanka would be the first country to have universal internet coverage; the country's relatively small size (just over 25,000 square miles) certainly makes that easier, but it would still be a big deal for Project Loon.

Despite some reports making this arrangement between Google and Sri Lanka sound like a done deal, however, we've learned that there's only essentially a MOU (memorandum of understanding) in place at this point. It's a necessary part of having discussions about bringing Project Loon to the country, but that doesn't mean that this is a done deal yet — it only means that Sri Lanka and Google will continue to discuss how this could possibly work and hopefully get to the testing phase.

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