Google plans to use blimps to connect more people to the Internet

May 27 2013, 1:56am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Google plans to use blimps to connect more people to the Internet

Google has been busy promoting the web to far-flung places around the world. Eric Schmidt's visit to North Korea was a proof of that. But in order for Google to speed up things, the technology giant is aiming for a multipronged effort to run wireless networks in emerging markets such as Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

To make that possible, Google is teaming up with local telecommunications firms and equipment provider to develop the required networks. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google could use airwaves reserved for television broadcasts, although it will need the approval of government regulators to do such.

Even more interesting is Google's purported plan to use specialized blimps or balloons, also known as high-altitude platforms, to transmit wireless signals across miles. The WSJ adds that Google might even consider deploying an airborne fleet of wireless access points. When asked for a statement, a Google spokewoman declined to comment.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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