Al­pha­bet's Pro­ject Loon Fi­nally Goes Into Car­rier Test­ing

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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.

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