Internet giant Google has had its fair share of experiments in the past, and while it was not expected for every single one of them to become a huge success (take Google+ for instance – it has recently been decoupled from YouTube), some of them have been zany enough to take off. In the case of Google’s Project Loon, we are talking about a literal taking off, as Project Loon involves the release of balloons into the sky in order to deliver a semblance of Internet infrastructure to various locations that are difficult to have them wired. Having said that, Sri Lanka is the very first country in the world to obtain universal Internet access via Project Loon.
This particular partnership with Google can be deemed to be precious, as the country will now be able to deliver “affordable high-speed internet” for every single one of its residents. First announced two years ago, there was very little information concerning Project Loon, even until now. We have heard whispers of it being tested in Nevada for 4G LTE connectivity, as well as the ability to deliver speeds of up to 10Mbps for users, hence for a country that has 20 million plus inhabitants, that should be more than enough – for now. We do wonder who is next.