Google balloons to help restore Puerto Rico's cell networks

President Donald Trump tosses rolls of paper towels to people at a hurricane relief distribution center at Calvary Chapel in San Juan Puerto Rico

Eight-three percent of the island's cellular sites remain out of commission, making communication on and off the island hard, according to the agency.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has received approval from the FCC to fly its cellular service-beaming Project Loon balloons in Puerto Rico. The license extends from October 6th until April 4th, 2018, and it was granted to Ben Wojtowicz, a software engineer and member of Alphabet's X lab who works on Project Loon.

Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation from Hurricane Maria, which has left billions of dollars worth of damage in its wake, flooded the country and destroyed a lot of the buildings. The X team brings huge balloons over the required location with internet coverage made available for people n a specific rural area.

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Project Loon - the balloon delivered internet project that started life as part of Google and now calls Alphabet's X "innovation lab" home - has moved one step closer to becoming a part of the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

And according to Wired, those balloons could begin providing emergency service any day now. "More than 160 GB of data has been sent to people over a combined area of 40,000km2 - that's roughly the size of Switzerland - and enough data to send and receive around 30 million WhatsApp messages, or 2 million emails". As most of the smartphones are not capable of transcoding Band 8 LTE signals, the OEMs are necessarily required to push an OTA update for every smartphone in Puerto Rico.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it had granted Alphabet Inc. the green light to use solar power balloons to bring cellular service to Puerto Rico, which has struggled to regain communications services since Hurricane Maria hit last month. "Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network-the balloons can't do it alone".

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