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Google planning to operate wireless networks in African, Asian markets using balloons

Last Updated: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 14:25

Sydney: Google is believed to be deeply involved in a series of projects to build and operate wireless networks in emerging markets, including sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

An article in The Wall Street Journal said that the effort is part of a plan that could connect a billion or more new people to the internet.

According to the article, Google is making efforts to build wireless networks for people outside major cities where wired internet connections are scarce, reports

The article said that Google is seeking to create an ecosystem using new microprocessors and low-cost smartphones powered by its Android mobile operating system. The system could also use balloons or blimps, known as high-altitude platforms, to transmit signals for the networks.

Google plans to team up with local companies in some of the countries to develop the networks, and formulate business models to support them, the article said.

Google also plans to provide its own recently developed wireless technologies to help such networks.

Google has launched an ultrafast fibre network in the Kansas City area and is working in other areas of the United States on creating powerful Wi-Fi networks.

The Journal said Google has begun discussions with regulators in countries including South Africa and Kenya on changing rules to allow the use of airwaves reserved for TV broadcasts.


First Published: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 14:25
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