Telstra considers high-altitude drones or balloons to distribute broadband
POTENTIALLY REPLACING SATELLITE IN REMOTE REGIONS.
After having previously discussed high-altitude broadband platforms, and even trialling them in 2014 (as part of Google’s Loon project), Telstra has expressed renewed interest in the use of balloons or drones to replace satellite technology in distributing broadband within Australia. In particular, the company is looking at the technology for use “during times of natural disaster, but also for longer term provision in regional and remote areas”, although the telco says it would need some regulatory flexibility if it were to utilise drones fully. HD