Google flew the Wifi Balloons to Spread Wireless Connection

Google flew the Wifi Balloons to Spread Wireless Connection

Google has decided to increase the number of users in the developing countries. The technology giant, which already provides access to the Internet in the United States, intends to establish a wireless network in South Africa, Kenya, South East Asia and other regions, providing access to a global network of billions of new users.

How to propagate an Internet connection in areas that do not have adequate infrastructure? One solution is to put on a fitted air balloon with Wi-Fi signal transmitter.

That’s what Google’s seemed to do to connect the provinces in Africa and South East Asia with the Internet.

As reported by CNET, air balloon serves as a floating platform at a high-altitude where Wi-Fi signals emitted can cover an area of ​​hundreds of square kilometers.


The internet patents of Google’s air balloon which been proposed in 2000. Photo credit: Google

Google seemed to be lobbying regulators in developing countries to become an operational area of air balloon which allows the use of television frequencies for Wi-Fi signal. It is assumed that the provider will use the frequencies for television broadcasting, and this is possible only upon receipt of the relevant approvals from regulatory authorities and governments.

TV signals has a lower frequency from Wi-Fi standard and therefore has its penetrating buildings and higher coverage than Wi-Fi signal frequency in general. However, to implement this idea, it require a very different frequencies, as those that are reserved for television, not really suitable. Each region will develop its own scheme providing access services to the Internet.

In developing regions, where the company intends to provide residents with wireless access to the Internet, Google hopes to cooperate with local telecommunications companies and equipment suppliers, also consider the possibility of creating a satellite network.

In a blog post, the company said the technology was “well-suited to provide low cost connectivity to rural communities with poor telecommunications infrastructure, and for expanding coverage of wireless broadband in densely populated urban areas”.