Google unveils ‘Project Loon’ Wi-Fi balloons in NZ

18 Jun 2013

Search engine giant Google Inc has announced that ‘Project Loon’, its balloon-powered internet scheme has gone live in New Zealand, with 30 Wi-Fi enabled balloons offering initial coverage of Christchurch and Canterbury. A statement on Google’s website explains: ‘Each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40km in diameter at speeds comparable to 3G. For balloon-to-balloon and balloon-to-ground communications, the balloons use antennas equipped with specialised radio frequency technology’. Project Loon utilises unlicensed ISM frequencies in the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands which are available for anyone to use.

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