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Google sets for the skies to get Africa connected

Search giant Google is said to be planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of remote controlled balloons known as blimps.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the internet search giant wants to connect more people to the internet in emerging markets such as Africa and south-east Asia, and is ready to team up with telecoms firms and equipment providers to build networks that wil improve speeds in cities and bring the internet to rural areas.

According to the report, Google is considering a mix of technologies, broadcasting signals from masts and satellites in addition to the blimps.

Google has since March set up trial wireless broadband in Cape Town, where three masts at Stellebosch University’s campus are transmitting to 10 local schools in the region. The trial uses unlicensed white spaces (unused TV channels).

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