Google has vowed to offer worldwide internet access by the end of 2016 through a futuristic project initiated by its newly-formed mother company Alphabet.
BBC News shared that the company has partnered with three of Indonesia’s top mobile networks in launching a program called “Project Loon,” wherein 300 heavy-duty balloons carrying network equipment will be initially launched to the stratosphere to test the possibility of distributing internet signals across different places through the use of floating devices.
“We hope next year to build our first continuous ring around the world, and to have some sort of continuous coverage for certain regions. And if all goes well after, then after that we will start rolling out our first beta commercial customers,” Project Loon’s Vice President Mike Cassidy said.
According to Google, a computer-controlled mechanism will be used to raise the balloons up to about 20 kilometers above the earth’s surface, and from that position, the devices carried by the balloons will be sending network signals to antennas that are built on strategic places around the world.
Such devices attached to each balloon include two radio transceivers, a flight computer with GPS tracker, an altitude controller, and a solar panel.
Cassidy also added that the project could potentially transmit data to connected devices at a rate of up to 10 megabits per second — a speed that is comparable to a 4G internet connection.