In a written reply to the Lok Sabha today, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Google India has approached the Department of Electronics and Information Technology to conduct pilot test of Project Loon in India.
"The matter was discussed with all stakeholders and it was concluded that frequency band 700-900 Mhz to be used in the pilot test of Project Loon is being used by cellular operators and if the pilot is carried out it will lead to interference with cellular transmissions," Prasad said.
The project is said to have the potential to replace mobile towers as it can directly transmit signals to 4G mobile phones.
Under the project, Google will use big balloons, floating 20 km above the earth surface, for transmission of Internet services. It has already tested this technology in New Zealand, California (the US) and Brazil.
As per Google, each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area of about 40 km in diameter using a wireless communication technology called LTE, or 4G.
"Revised proposal form Google India with change of frequency band is yet to be received," Prasad said. The minister, further, said that an autonomous body under DeitY, Ernet India, is carrying out a pilot test to determine utilisation of TV white space for establishing Internet connectivity in gram panchayats.