Google, (NASDAQ : GOOG) has been reported to invest more than $1 Billion to increase the number of satellites which provides Internet connectivity in remote areas. The project, which started with a balloon, is now extending the reach with satellites orbiting in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Reports claims that Google, with its initiative to provide Internet connection in remote areas, is investing around $1 Billion for manufacturing a fleet of the satellites. Initially the company will only be building around 180 satellites, which would be expanded later to have more. This new project would help developing countries to have a good internet connection without laying any additional infrastructure.
Although she refrained herself from going into technical details, Google spokeswoman said that the company is expanding the reach of Internet to remote areas. She said, “Internet connectivity significantly improves people’s lives, Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all”.
Google, with its recent acquisition Titan Aerospace, would be building drones orbiting around to provide an Internet connectivity. Google is already providing Internet connection to the people living in areas having no or weak connectivity with its project Loon. Back in the year 2013, Google initiated a project called, ‘Project Loon’, which has a balloon equipped with communication hardware flying high in the sky.
Although Google is not the only one making this world more connected, Facebook, with its initiative internet.org, also has solar powered aircraft to provide connectivity in remote areas. “Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center. Today we are also bringing on key members of the team from Ascenta, a small UK-based company whose founders created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft. They will join our team working on connectivity aircraft”, said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook.com.