Google to soon provide internet in rural areas through balloons

Google has announced that it was “years closer” to deliver internet to remote parts of the world using high-flying balloons.

Researchers at Google’s Project Loon — part of the company’s X research lab — said it was now able to use machine learning to predict weather systems, meaning the firm has a greater control over where its balloons go, making it possible to focus on a specific region, rather than circumnavigating the globe, BBC reported on Friday.

“We can now run an experiment and try to give service in a particular place in the world with ten, twenty or thirty balloons,” Astro Teller, head of Alphabet’s X unit (formerly Google X), was quoted as saying.

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