California, 4 June-2014, IANS: When you are busy chatting or surfing the internet, do you know that nearly 4.8 billion people – or two-third of the world’s population – are not yet online? This is going to change soon.
Google to launch 180 satellites to provide web access to entire planet
Google is planning to launch 180 satellites to provide web access for them, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The multinational firm is reported to be spending over $1 billion on the technology, to be developed by Greg Wyler, founder of satellite-communications start-up O3b Networks.
The small yet high-capacity satellites will orbit the earth at “lower altitudes than traditional satellites”.
Project Loon, a separate project by Google, is designing high-altitude balloons to provide broadband service to remote parts of the world, the report added.
Google has also acquired Titan Aerospace that is building solar-powered drones to provide similar connectivity.