San Juan. Customers in Puerto Rico with cell phones with penetration in the LTE networks of the companies AT & T and T-Mobile, will be able to access the Internet through the balloons of the Google Loon Project that they installed last week to improve the telecommunications service on the island after the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Google’s Loon Project began to provide internet connectivity in the most affected regions of Puerto Ricotras the cyclone on September 20, with the use of helium balloons installed in the stratosphere and launched from Nevada (USA).
“Since we started Project Loon service last week, we have provided basic internet service to thousands of people in Puerto Rico,” Project Manager Loon Alastair Westgarth said in a news release today.
That limited connectivity means that some AT & T customers in Puerto Rico with telephones enabled by LTE technology will be able to access limited Internet connectivity (just enough to send text messages and access critical information online) from the Loon Project balloons. the notice.
“We greatly appreciate the collaboration and support of AT & T and T-Mobile, and we hope our efforts will be a great help during these difficult times,” Westgarth said. According to the press release, the Loon Project is part of “X”, which is an innovation laboratory within Alphabet.
“X” is no longer called “Google X” – It’s just “X” to dry, or “X, the Moonshot Factory” or “Alphabet X”. The Loon Project includes a network of balloons that travel over the boundary with outer space with the aim of extending the Internet connection to everyone, regardless of how far away the territory where the user is located.
Puerto Rico’s communications infrastructure was badly damaged by the hurricane and the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, recently announced that he had approved the launch of the project on the island.
The Loon Project partners with telecommunications companies to extend the connection to remote areas so that people around the world can access the internet directly from phones and other devices compatible with LTE technology.
The wireless internet signal is transmitted to the nearest globe from the telecommunications company on the ground, and then retransmitted to the balloon network before returning the people.
Project Loon balloons, made of polyethylene filaments, are the size of a tennis court and are designed to stay more than a hundred days in the stratosphere before returning to Earth.