Bal­loons to bring in­ter­net ac­cess at cri­sis times

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TEHRAN — A net­work of gi­ant bal­loons will soon bring in­ter­net ac­cess in 31 prov­inces across Iran in or­der to man­age telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion at the times of cri­sis, Mehr re­ported.

The project aims to take ben­e­fit from the space tech­nol­ogy dur­ing crises, head of the Ira­nian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari an­nounced.

Dur­ing Ar­baeen pil­grim­ages, the bal­loons brought in­ter­net ac­cess at the borders of Mehran and Khos­ravi, which of­fered free WiFi ser­vices to pil­grims.

The bal­loon for in­ter­net ac­cess was tried dur­ing the Ker­man­shah earth­quake in Novem­ber 2017, he said.

Sar­pol-e Za­hab in the west­ern Ira­nian prov­ince of Ker­man­shah ex­pe­ri­enced a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in Novem­ber 2017, which claimed hun­dreds of lives and in­jured thou­sands.

At the time of cri­sis, the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion is very im­por­tant dur­ing the first min­utes of the event, which would be pos­si­ble through these bal­loons, he added.

He said that the project is sup­ported by the pri­vate sec­tor.

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