What is Google’s Project Loon?

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:

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What is Fibre Optic Communication?

Fibre optic communication is revolutionising the way we work and play! Simply put it is a method of transmitting digital information by sending pulses of light through an optical fibre the size of a human hair. These fibres are arranged in bundles to create optical fibre cables and can effectively transmit data in the form of light signals across long distances. First developed as far back as the 1970’s, fibre optics have helped revolutionised the telecommunications industry and helped usher in the information age.

How Does Fibre Optic Cabling Work?

Communicating using fibre optics is fairly easy from a scientific point of view. To help you understand just how it works we have included a video below that simply but effectively explains just how fibre optic cabling works:

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