Although internet penetration is very high in Europe (70,4%), Oceania (72,1%) and North America (86,9%), there are a lot of regions that are still mostly unconnected. Looking at the connectivity worldwide, the numbers show less than fifty percent of internet penetration. One of the biggest problems in the unconnected areas is a lack of infrastructure. That is why Google is dedicated to created a balloon-based internet network, with Project Loon.
After years of developing and try-outs in New Zealand and Brazil, Project Loon is now set to be released in Sri Lanka. With one in five Sri Lankan residents now connected, Project Loon intends to offer 100% of Sri Lanka’s residents to be plugged in almost immediately. The balloon beams down connections to every single town and village in the country. The balloons are solar-powered and create a whole new type of infrastructure for the internet.
We’re excited to find out what developments like Project Loon can do for countries that up till now have been poorly connected.