While internet use continues to grow globally, some 3.6 billion people remain offline, according to ITU figures.
Each balloon carries the essential components of a cell tower – antennas, solar panel and a flight capsule to hold the electronics systems, as well as a parachute to guide the balloon safely back to Earth – and can connect devices over an 11,000m2 area on the ground below. The balloons fly for 100 days before landing back to Earth.
ITU visited Loon to find out more about how it partners with mobile network operators globally to expand the reach of their networks — and provide coverage in the wake of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Maria.
Learn more about how Loon is working to achieve universal connectivity below: