Google's parent Alphabet says its stratospheric balloons have now helped over 100,000 Puerto Ricans to connect to the internet. The firm is working with AT&T and T-Mobile to successfully deliver basic internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search giant's'Project Loon' balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access. 'Project Loon' balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use its 4G LTE network. Several more balloons are on their way from Nevada, and Google has been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to send up to 30 balloons to serve the hard-hit area.Project Loon head Alastair Westgarth says in a blog post that the technology is still experimental, though it has been tested since last year in Peru following flooding there.
Google's parent Alphabet is set to beam internet to the remotest areas of the planet via high-altitude balloons. The firm has launched six balloons as part of its'Project Loon' that have managed to transfer data across a 620-mile (1,000km) area as part of a landmark test. A spokesperson from Loon, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet, said the stratospheric balloons rely on a single connection to the ground in Nevada. The test is Project Loon's latest as it heads towards its planned commercial launch of the service next year. Google's parent Alphabet is set to beam internet into the remotest areas of the planet as part of its'Project Loon' starting next year.
Today, Alphabet's balloon-based internet service provider Loon announced plans to bring coverage to parts of the Amazonian rainforest in Peru. The project is a part of a collaboration for Para Todos Peru (IpT), an open source mobile service provider backed by telecommunications giant Telefónica, Facebook, the Inter-American Development Bank, and CAF, a Spanish conglomerate that funds railway and other construction projects. Coverage will be provided to around fifteen percent of the Loreto Region of Peruvian Amazon, representing some 200,000 residents. Alphabet's Loon will launch its first non-emergency internet coverage in Peru in collaboration with Para Todos Peru (IpT) To date Loon's balloons have been used to provide internet access during emergencies, such as when the technology was used in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Loon began limited testing its balloons in Peru in 2014.
Alphabet X's Project Loon has delivered internet connection to tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, the company announced Friday night. The project also has a new partner: T-Mobile. Hurricane Maria knocked down 90 percent of its cell towers on the island. After the storm's destruction, the Alphabet X unit, AT&T, Apple and the Federal Communications Commission have been working to bring balloon-powered internet to residents on the island. The experiment consists of a network of large stratospheric balloons that provides connectivity to residents on the ground.