Alphabet’s web balloon project, Loon, took another big step forward, successfully forming a HAPS alliance with several large enterprises to jointly promote the network services provided by the high-altitude balloon.
Participating companies are all in the telecommunications industry, including multi-site operators Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank, Bharti Airtel, China Telecom and Telefonica, as well as application-level companies such as Airbus, AeroVironment, Ericsson, Intelsat, and Nokia.
The alliance will push government agencies to apply the high-altitude balloon network, but will also develop uniform technical standards and specifications, the ultimate goal is to create a “strong, convincing” single concept to promote this emerging technology, but ultimately there is the market competition between companies.
Ten months before the alliance was formed, Loon partnered with Softbank to launch the HAPSMobile high-altitude broadband service, which it is believed will succeed in attracting these newcomers.
Loon currently provides Internet services in remote areas such as Puerto Rico, Kenya, and Peru. But to transform this technology and commercial technology, enterprises still need to study a whole development blueprint, not to flow into technology display and concept segment.