The mobile phone carrier Softbank Corp and Google LLC parent Alphabet are now looking at flying or airborne mobile phone base stations that are carried by balloons and airplanes. There will be aircraft flying in the stratosphere to cover wider areas for the next generation 5G wireless communications networks.
Softbank has designed HAPSMobile and Alphabet has Loon, which are both new systems that require much higher altitude equipment that will allow phones access to places on the planet that are not reachable currently. The new network will be 20 kilometers above ground and use drones that can fly much higher than normal flights of aircraft. Softbank is investing $125 million into the Alphabet system.
Both companies have said that this is a long-term tie up that puts on of Japan’s top three wireless companies with one of the world’s top Tech firms. Fifth-generation services started in South Korea and the United States this month, and will start in Japan this fall. The new service will allow a user to download a 2 hour movie video on just seconds.
Alphabet and Softbank are building a plane that flies itself and can stay in the air for 65 months. This is the next generation of Tech for a modern communications world.