Alphabet, Google's super-holding born in August combining innovative companies in the fields of new technologies and medicine is about to enter the test phase with its first project, Google Loon.
It is a series of probe balloons that travel at high altitudes creating a global internet transmission network.
The web giant has asked the Federal Communications Commission for a license to test experimental radio mechanisms in 50 states of American soil and Puerto Rico, attaching massive documentation. Alphabet still hides behind a "no comment" on the rumors leaked on the Business Insider website, which has come into possession of much of the documentation.
The Loon Project has the characteristics of a comic-strip spy story: it is the product of Google X, a laboratory of experimental projects of the Mountain View house. In addition to this network of 'internet hot air balloons', there is also the much better known project of a car that drives alone. Both projects are now being developed through Alphabet. The system can completely revolutionize the use of the internet, replacing the current cable system with a 'home' or 'condominium' system based on a small antenna that transmits the signals to the nearest balloon: the latter retransmits it through the others up to the first provider.
Loon, already at an advanced stage, is also being tested in Asia with the collaboration of the 3 largest Indonesian telecommunication groups: the probe balloons will be used on the 4 most populous cities in the country, in which more than two thirds of citizens are deprived of access to the web.