Friday, 22 June, 2018

Google Will Help Restore The Telephone System In Puerto Rico

Peru before the floods → flood affected areas → areas near Lima Chimbote and Piura with Project Loon service Peru before the floods → flood affected areas → areas near Lima Chimbote and Piura with Project Loon service
Terence Owen | 09 October, 2017, 18:23

Puerto Rico's infrastructure was demolished by Hurricane Maria.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said 83 per cent of mobile sites remain out of service, while wireless communications companies had deployed temporary sites.

Family members gather while attempting to speak by phone with another family member along a roadside near the top of a mountain in Orocovis, more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, on October 6, 2017.

The FCC has given Alphabet permission to fly 30 balloons over Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for up to six months, Wired.com reported late on Friday.

Elon Musk-owned Tesla Inc., which specialises in making battery-power semi-automatic cars and also renewable energy storage houses, had offered to help the Puerto Rico government.

"22 (same as yesterday ) out of the 78 counties in Puerto Rico have 100 percent of their cell sites out of service".

Tweet by Ricardo Rossello: Great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight.

A team of tech giants are hoping to provide some electronic relief after Puerto Rico's electric grid and communications infrastructure were devastated by Hurricane Maria. "Next steps soon to follow".

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Each balloon can serve up to 5,000 square kms, so the fleet is expected to provide service over all of Puerto Rico and potentially parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Tesla is now working on "the world's biggest" lithium ion battery to help with power supply in South Australia.

We've reached out to X to clarify whether they have already secured any commitments from OEMs to update their devices.

The balloons will float 20 kilometers above the earth, then relay communications between the ground stations of Alphabet, which would be connected to a local telecoms partner's network in the two areas, and the users' handsets.

Google began testing Project Loon - which launches transmitters under high-altitude balloons to provide large rural areas with low-priced broadband - in February previous year in Sri Lanka after reaching a spectrum deal with the government there.

It gave Google parent company Alphabet the go-ahead Friday to provide Wi-Fi and cell phone service via balloons. However, in Puerto Rico, where about 84.6% of cell sites remain inactive as of October 5, it will be very hard.

Loon balloons are created to carry communications equipment at a height of 20 kilometers above the ground.

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