Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP and former Minister of Telecommunication & Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando today (23) accused former President Maithripala Sirisena of connectivity issues faced by Sri Lankan children who are compelled to use online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MP Harin Fernando said to even his surprise, the project which was transparent and done in coordination with Microsoft, was moved away from the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and vested with the Ministry of Education, and it was only revealed during the budget speech at the time.
Addressing Parliament, MP Fernando said that former President Maithripala Sirisena had sabotaged the Google Loon project, adding that if implemented as planned it would have resolved connectivity issues in the country.
Whilst Minister Wimal Weerawansa criticised MP Harin Fernando over the failure of Google Loon.
The Google Loon project was handed over to Kenya, and today Kenya had countrywide 4G coverage.
“Loon LLC is an Alphabet Inc. subsidiary working on providing Internet access to rural and remote areas. The company uses high-altitude balloons in the stratosphere at an altitude of 18 km to 25 km to create an aerial wireless network with up to 1 Mbit/s speeds”. Wikipedia