Speed force! – Google sets its sights on 5G connectivity


Forget 4G, Google is already setting its sights on 5G in a secretive project to deliver wireless Internet from drones.

There are reports that the tech behemoth has been covertly testing prototype solar-powered aircraft designed to “deliver high-speed internet from the air.”

Dubbed Project SkyBender, the project reportedly utilizes high-frequency millimeter wave technology, which is said to transmit gigabits of data per second at speeds that dwarf current 4G technology.

SkyBender is based out of Spaceport America, the same New Mexico facility built to support Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight initiative.

While Google has yet to publicly acknowledge its involvement in the project, SkyBender is said to be a product of Google Access, the team responsible for Google’s Project Loon. A partnership with the Sri Lankan government, Project Loon will provide wireless Internet access across remote areas of Sri Lanka via a network of balloons in the stratosphere.

Meanwhile, down here in Nigeria we are still struggling to get stable 3G connectivity in major cities and waiting for a promise of 4G.

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Frederick Damasus is a tech enthusiast and blogger who has a passion for creativity and innovation. He is a self-taught graphic designer and currently delving into web design and development. He loves photography and volunteers his spare time to inspire children in orphanages through dance. He is a trained Petroleum Engineer but found himself in the AID/Development sector. He currently serves as the M&E/ICT Manager at the Center for Creative Development Strategies, an NGO based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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