“We had also already integrated balloon powered internet into Telefonica’s network which meant that they could serve their customers from our balloons. During the floods O3B networks, Level 3 and Ecologistica Peru helped quickly set up ground stations (which connect the balloons to the Internet’s backbone) in areas with complete outages. Finally, the recent integration of Nokia’s proven LTE technology meant that the balloons could deliver improved LTE service.” – Helping out in Peru by Alastair Westgarth at X.
“We’ve served more than 160GB of data to tens of thousands who would otherwise have not had internet service. That’s enough data to send and receive 30 million WhatsApp messages, or 2 million emails. In situations like this, basic communications tools and access to information are especially important— yet communications infrastructure on the ground is often one of the first things to be knocked out by natural disasters like floods and landslides. The Project Loon team has spent the last few months in technical trials integrating balloon-powered internet into Telefonica’s network and flying balloons in the region, so they were set up and could offer some assistance. Project Loon will continue to deliver balloon powered internet in Peru for as long as it’s needed.” – Nokia’s repost.
Alastair is heading Project Loon and our team was glad to host him and his team at our Cloud Innovation Center earlier in the month. This was a courtesy visit to Nokia’s Chicago Technology Center – Naperville Campus. The day’s agenda featured CIC among other teams.
Nokia’s John and Eric (on the left of this picture) had supported Project Loon and our discussion was centered on the work that our Solutions team is undertaking in the Applications & Analytics Group. We ran the LeanOps demonstration, which helped exemplify the scope of our end to end solutions engineering.
It was a pleasure meeting Alphabet’s X-men : ) and hope to cross paths again.