Project Loon has just provided hope to 100,000 residents of Puerto Rico by providing them with balloon-powered internet access. The answer to your question of what is Project Loon? is right here. It is a network of balloons that travel on the edge of space, and it is designed to expand internet connectivity. This project is basically for remote areas or devastation stricken areas where people are unable to reach basic internet connectivity.
Recently the head of Project Loon ( Alastair Westgarth ) confirmed distributing balloons over the hurricane-stricken island. They launched balloons from Nevada and are suspended over all the hardest parts of Puerto Rico. He said, that the team of Project Loon is collaborating with T-mobiles and AT&T which will provide emergency internet services to 100,000 residents of the island.
“Working with AT&T and T-Mobile, Project Loon is now supporting basic communication and Internet services like sending text messages and accessing information online for some people with LTE-enabled phones”
This venture is the first time when the Project Loon team has utilized machine learning powered algorithms to keep multiple balloons over Puerto Rico. Alastair Westgarth is yet not certain about how it will work and how long will the balloons stay. Even after such a risk, this is the fastest the team has created deployed balloons, they got its FDA approval early this October.
The FCC has reported today the 44% of the mobile sites are out of service. Puerto Rico’s population is around 3.5 million people and most of them are without any wireless service. Now after the launch of this project, many users will be able to get back online.
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