State of Internet Access
According to the International Telecommunications Union, as of June 2017, 48% of the world’s population has internet access.
The growth has been phenomenal. But there’s still a lot of work to do. About 3.6 billion people are still without internet access.
Using Balloons To Bring The World Online⠀⠀⠀
Project Loon, of the company X is using balloons to bring the rest of the world online.
Each balloon acts as a cell tower above the clouds. The tennis sized balloons live in the stratosphere well above airplanes, wildlife and weather events. They’re durable and made to last more than 100 days each.
The winds of the stratosphere are stratified, with each layer of wind varying in speed and direction. Project Loon uses predictive models of the wind to move the balloons up and down in the strata, so they move in the right direction along the wind’s path. Very cool!
In regards to connectivity, a high-speed signal is transmitted from the ground to the nearest balloon, relayed across the network of balloons and back down to the areas that need it.