Google allows enough balloons for internet in Southern Hemisphere




The fleet Google balloons in remote areas should provide for Internet access is next year’s big enough to operate. Southern hemisphere Google speaks of a ‘semi-permanent’ of balloons for the hemisphere, which would prove that the idea works.

Google unveiled Project Loon over a year ago. The idea is that with a fleet of balloons in the stratosphere, 20 kilometers altitude, internet speed can be similar to that of mobile 3G networks. Offered to remote areas The speed, according to Google are 22Mbit / s for fixed antenna and 5Mbit / s to mobile devices. The company uses the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz in particular frequency bands of the ism band .

The project is now on track to demonstrate that the balloons a practical way to bring that now have little or no access to wireless internet yet. Internet to billions of people That said Astro Teller, head of the Google X Lab, which set in motion during Loon Project. MIT Technology Reviews Emtech conference in Cambridge.

Over a year, the ring of balloons, the southern hemisphere to convey. Internet to mobile phones Google has tested them in the USA, New Zealand and Brazil, and the balloons together have already covered more than two million kilometers, said Teller. The balloons involve energy through solar panels that can deliver 100W for the electronics and battery. The balloons were 100 days can remain in the air.

Google does not know how the project is going to earn the money. “If we find a way to Internet to five billion people able to get, then that is of great value,” though. Finds Teller Google tests simultaneously using drones and satellites to transmit. Internet to developing countries and remote areas Facebook is also experimenting with drones.


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