Google to bring net access to Africa using blimps, masts and satellites

Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit signals across hundreds of square kilometres.The web search company is already running high-speed fibre networks in Utah, Missouri and Texas. Now it wants to connect 1 billion 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 will improve speeds in cities and bring the internet to rural areas.

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