S. Sudanese mistake Google’s Internet Balloons for drones

Google sets to launch its balloon into the skies |Photo: Google

Nov 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–Earlier this month, South Sudanese were left in shock after unidentified drone-like objects with bright flashing lights were spotted in the country’s airspace flying over the capital, Juba, on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters to highlight the issue that left hundreds of citizens astonished, the Deputy Information Minister, Baba Medan, explained that the drone-like objects that were launched remotely by Google as part of its initiative to provide an aerial wireless network across the continent.

“We made an agreement with Google that we need to have the mobile internet in the region and that is targeting the rural areas,” Baba Medan told Eye Radio on Tuesday.

“So that balloons are not a threat to people, it is flying at 50,000 feet which is almost 20 kilometers above the earth. It is safe,” he stated.

“What the google balloon tries to do is to introduce a technology called LPE 4G, which is a high-speed technology and they try to make that connection without you having to wait for the installation of towers. It is now at a testing stage,” he noted.

Recently, the tech giant company, Google, launched a new project known as Google’s Loon Internet Balloon Project, and it has begun the first phase of its high-altitude balloons trial aimed at creating aerial connectivity supported by an antenna installed on the ground.

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