Using giant inflatable balloons to  provide internet access to the remote regions of the world still seems like an absurd idea but after twelve months of trials, Google’s Project Loon is a lot closer to accomplishing the goal than we thought would have been possible at its inception.

Wired has compiled an exceptional feature on the Google Loon team’s year long journey through solving problems such as balloons coming down in just a few days to one of them circumnavigating the earth three times before falling back to terra firma.

It’s well worth a read if only to be depressed at the fact that the Loon team thought that offering connection speeds of between one and two megabits per second were unacceptable, which is what most South Africans must deal with from their DSL connections,  and switched out for an LTE connection that now provides users with 22MB (176 megabits per second) per second to a ground antenna and 5 MB (40 megabits per second) per second to a handset.

Follow the link to read the Wired article.

[Image – Wired.com]

 

David is a technology enthusiast with an insatiable thirst for information. He tends to get excited over new hardware and will often be the one in the room going "Its got 17 cores, 64GB of RAM and a 5" 4K flexible OLED display, oh it makes phone calls too?" Currently uses: Too many phones. Wants: World peace... and more phones.