Alphabet, Google’s parent company, plan to provide access to the Internet to hundreds of millions of people in the 17,000 Indonesian islands via an Internet balloon service called Project Loon. Indonesia’s three main mobile network service providers, IndoSat, Telkomsel, and XL Axiata, will test these balloons, which will fly 20 kilometers above the ground and provide LTE Internet to customers.

Begun in 2013, Project Loon plans to use a network of high-altitude balloons that float at the edge of space and allow people in remote or rural areas to get Internet.

The Internet balloon service would relay the wireless traffic from customer’s Internet capable devices via high-speed links. The company says that the balloons are organized into one huge communications network and that they move with the wind to provide the service that helps the providers to extend their coverage.


Internet balloon service Overcomes Land-Based Connection Issues

Mike Cassidy, vice president of the Project Loon says its Internet balloon service can overcome land-based connection issues and bypass the difficulties of getting necessary gear and equipment spread out over all of the area’s remote islands. This project is meant to help more people in Southeast Asia get Internet service since only about a third of them are currently able to get online and what service there is, is very slow.

Google has high hopes that Loon can hook up with other local providers and be able to provide high-speed LTE Internet connections to those people currently unable to get online. The idea of using balloons to provide Internet access has already been tried in a trials in Australia, Latin America and New Zealand.

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Balloon Service Works Through Special Software, Wind Direction

The way the Loon project balloon service works is that the special balloons are sent into the stratosphere of the Earth and then special software moves them based on the needed wind direction, sending the balloon where it needs to go for the best signal. Then, the balloons beam their Internet signal to waiting ground antennas and customers merely have to have an appropriate account connection to use it.

Project Loon has even higher goals if this Internet service providing project does well. In fact, Cassidy told News crews that they want to put up a ring of balloons to provide Internet balloon service around the globe and have continuous service for selected areas, which sources say would require 300 of the huge balloons.