Hot air brings chat back to storm is­land

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

SO­LAR-pow­ered bal­loons will re­store phone ser­vices knocked out by Hur­ri­cane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Tech gi­ant Google plans to fly 30 bal­loons on the edge of space above the Caribbean is­land.

Phones fell dead when thou­sands of phone masts were felled in last month’s storm – and 83 per cent of them are still out of ac­tion.

Tem­po­rary masts are also be­ing in­stalled.

The bal­loons were orig­i­nally de­signed to ex­tend in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity to peo­ple in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas world­wide.

Google also de­ployed them above Peru ear­lier this year when the coun­try was hit by floods.

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