Google has announced that its Project Loon will come to Indonesia in 2016. The company will start testing balloon powered internet over Indonesia next year. Alphabet, the parent company of Google has announced that it is going to partner with three largest Indonesian telecommunication companies: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat for testing its balloon powered internet.
Google’s Project Loon provides internet coverage by using high altitude balloons to the places, where Wi-Fi signals are rare. As of now, this project provides internet in New Zealand, Brazil and Australia. This means that people living in rural areas of Indonesia are going to enjoy internet in 2016.
These balloons float in the stratosphere, which is at the twice height of airlines and weather. Users at the ground can connect the internet through LTE enabled device. The geography of Indonesia is perfect for this Project, as it has more than 17,000 islands, which is too difficult to implement broadband and telecommunication.
These balloons are way better than the ones introduced back in 2013; users can enjoy internet speed up to 10 MBps once your device is connected. Project Loon will run in Indonesia for 12 months. During this time period it will use 900 mHz frequency in five sky points above Sumatra, Kalimantan, and East Papua.