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Google to use balloons to spread internet reach

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MUMBAI: Google has come up with an innovative way to spread the reach of the internet to a billion or more new people, including small villages and cities outside of major urban areas in south east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

To achieve this purpose the company will use special balloons to broadcast the wireless connection.

A report in The Wall Street Journal states that the aim is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network, utilising airwaves primarily used for television broadcasts.

The networks also could be used to improve internet speeds in urban centers. Google plans to team up with local telecom companies and equipment providers in the emerging markets to develop the networks, as well as create business models to support them, these people said. It is unclear whether Google already has lined up such deals or alliances the report adds.

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