Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Google and Tesla have plans to help rebuild Puerto Rico

Google and Tesla have plans to help rebuild Puerto Rico

Alphabet Inc., which controls Google, obtained authorization from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy the devices - developed from 2013 as part of a project known as "Loon".

X has gained permission to blanket the devastated territory of Puerto Rico with LTE internet access using Project Loon balloons.

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The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted Alphabet-owned Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the objective of helping the islands regain connectivity.

In case of yu just need to know, the Project Loon is a subsidiary project from Google's "X" t make the availability of internet in rural places and remote villages.

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Eight-three percent of the island's cellular sites remain out of commission, making communication on and off the island hard, according to the agency. The Loon team has reportedly secured spectrum rights from wireless networks operating in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands good for at least six months.

The parent company of Google received the green light on Friday to provide emergency cellular service to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico using balloons. For that to happen, X needs to partner with a telecom company that can provide that connectivity.

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The company had previously conducted connectivity tests in Australia, New Zealand and several South American countries. The reason for increased difficulty is that Loon was already in testing in Peru with a carrier and was ready to roll. As most of the smartphones are not capable of transcoding Band 8 LTE signals, the OEMs are necessarily required to push an OTA update for every smartphone in Puerto Rico.

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