Google's 'Project Loon' Internet Balloons Now Have a Carrier Working on Them Too

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Google's ambitious plan to fill the skies with internet is suddenly looking way more feasible as a reality: the search giant now has a commercial cellular partner working on the project in Australia.

The Guardian reports that Google is teaming up with Australia's Telstra carrier to launch Loon's biggest Wi-Fi balloon test flights yet. The new trials will see 20 balloons fly over western Queensland during December, beaming 4G-like signal down to Earth, 20km below. In the new collaboration, Telstra will offer up base stations to communicate with the balloons.

We might be some way off having a globe entirely circled by Wi-Fi balloons, but clearly the plan isn't quite as crazy as many may have suspected given this new-found commercial involvement. [Guardian]