Alphabet's Project Loon Finally Goes Into Carrier Testing
Alphabet's Project Loon was an ambitious project that got heads turning and floating with delight during its announcement. Conceived with the idea of providing Internet access to rural area that would otherwise have no coverage from the outside world, the project was hailed as a crazy idea by many, and it didn't help Google as the balloons had their own set of problems, such as suddenly crashing down from the sky and running into powerlines.
“We busted a lot of balloons,” Astro Teller, Head of Alphabet's X Unit (formerly Google X) stated.
Five years on since its official announcement back in 2011, and its super-secretive division is finally ready to take the project to the next level, providing real Internet services by working together with different telcos in countries with rural areas. To start, Alphabet has chosen to work with the Indonesian government first as a way to test the waters. In addition to that, the company also reached a deal with the Sri Lankan government to exchange access to radio frequency spectrums that are sorely needed, all for a stake in the project.
Once again, the project still hinges on an ambition that is still large untested, but should Project Loon's next step prove to be a success, then we could be looking at the idea of obtaining high-speed Internet from deeply inaccessible areas, such as the Amazon or even mountain regions around the world.
Alphabet's Project Loon has now entered the carrier testing phase.