Post Disaster Connectivity
Loon is on a mission to connect people everywhere by harnessing the power of the stratosphere. In fact, we consider the stratosphere to be the new frontier. At Loon, we’ve spent nearly a decade inventing and developing the technologies that enable us to operate unmanned balloons in the stratosphere for hundreds of days at a time and provide connectivity to underserved people and communities below. Loon is an independent company within Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google.
Traditional, ground-based infrastructure is limited in its ability to provide Internet access to those in remote or hard-to-cover areas. Loon partners with mobile network operators globally to expand the reach of their LTE service. Together, we help expand coverage to places that lack it, supplement existing networks, and provide expedient coverage after natural disasters.
Because we operate in the stratosphere, Loon is uniquely positioned to provide communications service after natural disasters and areas difficult to serve. After Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017, Loon delivered emergency connectivity to more 200,000 people while mobile networks on the island were being repaired. In 2017, after devastating floods in Peru, Loon delivered connectivity to more than 100,000 people.
During this day of training we will examine how we were able to support the efforts in Puerto Rico and Peru while also looking at lessons learned.