Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Google To Provide Wireless Networks Across Africa and Asia With Blimps

World's biggest search engine, Google has disclosed its intention to build huge wireless networks across Africa and Asia through the use of blimps and high-altitude balloons.
Image source: Isafmedia via Wired (Google Blimp)

The aim of the wireless networks is to serve the remote communities in from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia that do not have the wired access to the internet that urban dwellers enjoy thereby connecting up to a billion people or more to the internet in the coming years.

Towards actualising the project, Google has been putting together an ecosystem of low-cost smartphones running Android on low-power microprocessors.

In a blog post, Google stated that 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". On Google Africa’s blog, "the white spaces trials are under way in Cape Town, where ten schools are receiving wireless broadband over a white space network".

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