If you thought it was possible to provide up to 5 billion people in rural and remote areas of the world with low cost reliable internet access using balloons, would others think you’re crazy? Well Google’s Project X Team saw this as more of a lightbulb moment than a loony one and have successfully started experimenting with a high-altitude balloon network in the stratosphere which links together to create an aerial wireless network with up to 4G-LTE speeds.
An Introduction to Project Loon
Welcome to the possible future of the internet! Most internet users across the globe (and even here at home in South Africa) view the world as a global community with instant access to almost unlimited information via the internet. This could not be further from the truth however, as two-thirds of the world’s population do not yet have access to the internet in any way or form. Project Loon aims to change this by filling in internet coverage gaps wherever they may occur across the globe.
To help bring you up to speed about just what it is that Project Loon plans to do, we’ve included a brief (just over 2 minute) video that introduces you to this ground-breaking Google X plan: