Google to globalize “Project Loon” to provide internet to even the rural and remote areas of the world
In year 2013, Google launched Project Loon, a program that intends to provide Internet access to the rural and remote areas that constitute around 66% of the world’s population.
The project uses balloons floating at high altitudes that move up and down as per the signals from building antennas. Each balloon in the network moves in the stratosphere high above commercial air space for several months at a time.
The company began its pilot program in New Zealand with 30 balloons. Google wants to raise the number to 100 balloons in the air for 100 days each. It is expected that permanent balloons will start transmitting the Internet on a much larger scale within the year.