Google launches its Project Loon to offer remote Internet connections. Almost half a decade after introducing a strategy to distribute Internet access through balloons at high altitude, Alphabet’s Project Loon will start testing the support with mobile providers in Asia later these months.
During the discussions with tech media, the company’s’ representatives said that their venture encountered many form and technological difficulties and, for some time, they wondered if their plan could really work.
They said that, besides being capable to keep these balloons at a high altitude for a longer time, even for many months, the major task was looking for the best balloon that can be produced at low costs and move around accurately.
But the associates of the Project Loon have been able to perform this task, with balloons that they designed in 2015 and made 19 trips around the globe over an interval of six months. The group also brought developments to the Internet speeds that the balloons provide over their wireless system.
Alphabet’s officials said that initially their speed was slow, but currently it reaches over 15 Mbps, which they mentioned that would be sufficient to provide live streaming videos. The new release is an analysis to observe how the system works sending real Internet connections to clients.
New difficulties could occur once the extensive examination starts and Re/code says that testing Project Loon’s features will take place overseas. It also notices that the company has made deals with several Asian countries to get accessibility to their radio frequencies for the antenna Wi-Fi systems in return for a share in the venture.
The representatives also exposed some additional tasks, or “moon shots”, which have been discontinued. One could have allowed landlocked nations to deliver products at decreased expenses using essentially a ship that might take off or land without requiring a driveway.
That idea was discontinued because of the high prices, say the officials, who added that developing only the initial ship could have cost more than $200 million. This was a risk too big for an uncertain program, even for the extremely rich Google.
Alphabet begins with analyzing the most challenging aspect of a moon shot venture and if it cannot endure the more difficult assessments, the task is stopped.
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