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Google Not the Only Company Testing Wireless Access by High-Altitude Balloons

At 70,000 feet, the 4G LTE balloon platform visible from nearby Denver, Colorado sparking calls and emails to local new stations. (Source: Oceus Networks)Oceus Networks Inc., a mobile 4G LTE broadband networking provider, recently demonstrated the efficacy of a deployable 4G LTE solution on a high-altitude balloon platform, which can be used to rapidly provide broadband coverage and communications services to first responders within the first 72 hours following an emergency or natural disaster.

The exercise, conducted near Boulder, Colorado, launched an airborne 4G LTE cellular network, while engineers collected data and characterize the performance of a high altitude 4G LTE public safety system.

Google was previously reported to be building huge wireless networks across Africa and Asia, using high-altitude balloons and blimps.

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