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LIFI Verses WIFI Technology: Connecting your smartphone to the web with just a lamp

LIFI© Provided by AFP The Li-Fi technology uses the frequencies generated by LED lights to beam information through the air

Connecting your smartphone to the web with just a lamp — that is the promise of Li-Fi, featuring Internet access 100 times faster than Wi-Fi with revolutionary wireless technology.

French start-up Oledcomm demonstrated the technology at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, in Barcelona. As soon as a smartphone was placed under an office lamp, it started playing a video.

The big advantage of Li-Fi, short for “light fidelity”, is its lightning speed.

Laboratory tests have shown theoretical speeds of over 200 Gbps — fast enough to “download the equivalent of 23 DVDs in one second”, the founder and head of Oledcomm, Suat Topsu, told AFP.

“Li-Fi allows speeds that are 100 times faster than Wi-Fi” which uses radio waves to transmit data, he added.

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Google’s Internet-Beaming ‘Project Loon’ Balloons Take Flight in Sri Lanka

Google-InternetProjectGoogle’s “Project Loon” experiment, which uses balloons to bring high-speed Internet access to people, has taken flight this week in Sri Lanka.

The first balloons entered Sri Lankan air space on Monday, according to a tweet from Muhunthan Canagey, managing director of the government’s Information and Communication Technology Agency. The Sri Lankan government announced last summer it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Google, which is now under the parent company Alphabet.

An estimated 1 in 4 people are online in Sri Lanka. While the balloons will one day provide Internet coverage for the entire country, the universal Internet won’t be a free-for-all. The start of testing this week is just the next step in eventually bringing an Internet infrastructure to cover the 25,000-square-mile island in the Indian Ocean.

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Smart Kigali: 400 buses connected to 4G Internet

Rwanda-4G-BusesAs part of the broad Smart Kigali initiative, more than 400 buses have been connected to 4G Internet connection, which will allow passengers on board have full access to free super-fast internet.

Some 487 buses belonging to Kigali Bus Services, Royal Express and Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC) had been fitted with special-purpose internet devices by last evening.

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