Google Balloons, ‘Cell Towers in the Sky,’ Can Serve 4G to a Whole State
Google’s plan to deliver Internet service from balloons in the stratosphere has come a long way since being unveiled in June 2013.
A single “Project Loon” balloon can now remain in the air for more than six months and provide 4G LTE cellular service to an area the size of Rhode Island, according to Google. Company officials have taken to calling Loon balloons “cell towers in the sky.”
While there’s no announced date for a widespread service launch, Google has provided Internet to a school in Brazil and is partnering with cellular operators Vodafone New Zealand, Telstra in Australia, and Telefónica in Latin America.