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High internet: initiatives promoted by Google and SoftBank receive support

Mar 04, 2020 | 1180 views

Making internet available to regions that have little or no access due to economic conditions or infrastructure issues has always been an objective of large technology companies, especially to expand their user base.

While initiatives such as Facebook's Tether-tenna project were canceled due to the difficulty of making the business model viable, some projects are joining forces to jointly increase the possibility of success.

Google and SoftBank, which have separate initiatives, signed an alliance in late 2019 to present the connection model they proposed to potential buyers.

Unlike satellite internet, whose distance can reach more than 1,000 kilometers from the earth's surface, the projects headed by Google (the Loon balloons) and SoftBank (HAPSMobile drones), powered by solar energy, want to position their equipment 20 kilometers away. distance, at an altitude with milder winds, but still within the land.

And the efforts of the two companies are paying off: they have already received official support from brands such as Airbus, China Telecom, Nokia, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Bharti Airtel.

Google and SoftBank are currently working to secure radio frequencies that could be used by their products
and creating regulation for the entire high altitude connection market.

The expectation is that, with the support and standardization, the model will become more attractive to governments or companies that want to hire it. Google's Loon project has already entered into an agreement with mobile operators in countries like Kenya and Peru.