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Google Not Alone in Testing Broadband by Balloon
by Karl Bode 08:49AM Monday Jul 22 2013
Not to be outdone by Google Loon, a company by the name of Oceus Networks has announced that they recently conducted successful trials near Boulder, Colorado of a high-altitude balloon-based 4G LTE public safety system. According to the company, their test balloon travelled 200 miles at 75,000 feet, delivering an LTE signal available at a radius of 100 KM. The company, which is currently compiling the data for publication, used Motorola Band 14 devices – both data modems (the VML 700) and smartphones (the LEX 700) -- to connect to the in-air signal.

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Transmaster
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Déjà vu,

balloons, blimps, Low Earth Orbiting Satellites, solar powered high altitude ROV's. We have been here before. This is no more practical now then it has ever been. How about spending the money on a good terrestrial system that gives us the speeds other countries enjoy.
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aaronwt
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Re: Déjà vu,

said by Transmaster:

balloons, blimps, Low Earth Orbiting Satellites, solar powered high altitude ROV's. We have been here before. This is no more practical now then it has ever been. How about spending the money on a good terrestrial system that gives us the speeds other countries enjoy.

It sounds like an excellent option for an area that has had a natural disaster.

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Re: Déjà vu,

said by aaronwt:

It sounds like an excellent option for an area that has had a natural disaster.

A natural disaster like, excessive giant plastic balloon overload?
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said by aaronwt:

said by Transmaster:

balloons, blimps, Low Earth Orbiting Satellites, solar powered high altitude ROV's. We have been here before. This is no more practical now then it has ever been. How about spending the money on a good terrestrial system that gives us the speeds other countries enjoy.

It sounds like an excellent option for an area that has had a natural disaster.

that is what I was thinking, The balloons are not a last mile solution but a solution to bring IP connectivity to places that have had the network destroyed.
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tshirt
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Re: Déjà vu,

Very temporary (even the final version) and HAVE to be of limited number. and the first one that goes "rogue" on reentry and kills someone (or many someones in the case of an aircraft or building) will kill the idea.

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Sounds more practical to me at least.

GlennAllen
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Another use...

Maybe if we surround the planet, the Vogons could use them for their next Earth highway construction project?
GeoTel

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RE

Rapid deployment communication vehicles are already available when a network is destroyed (»www.spacenet.com/pdfs/emergency-···icle.pdf). Doesn't seem like the balloon really fills much of a niche/void.