Project Loon, the moonshot project from Google X labs which aims to bring broadband internet access to the entire world through the use of high-altitude balloons, is partnering up with Telstra to extend their trials within Australia.
Google has been trialling Project Loon, within Australia over the last few months, with the balloons showing up over the last couple of months on flight tracking service FlightRadar24. The Project Loon trials will continue in December, with Google planning to launch up to 20 more balloons in Western Queensland – the same location they used to test another of their moonshots: Project Wing.
The Project Loon ballons will allow Google to deliver broadband internet to an area with a diameter of up to 40Km, delivering LTE services from third-party carriers such as Telstra. Speaking to ITWire, a Telstra represenatative advised
We are excited to be working with Google on Project Loon. The trial will allow us to jointly test the potential of this technology for the Australian environment. As part of Telstra’s contribution to the trial we have supplied access to suitable spectrum.
The trial begins later this year, so keep your eye on the skies, or on FlightRadar 24 to see them when they’re in-flight.