(The Hosting News) – Google is reportedly planning to spend more than $1 billion on a project to bring Internet access to some of the world’s most remote areas.
Initially, the project will begin with 180 “small, high capacity satellites” that orbit the earth at low altitudes, though the tech giant hopes to expand if the project is successful, reports the Wall Street Journal.
According to sources familiar with the project, Grey Wyler, founder of satellite communications start-up O3b Networks, will be leading Google’s new project with a team of around 20 people.
A spokeswoman for Google said the company intends to bring Internet to millions of people who have been unable to receive Internet access.
“Internet connectivity significantly improves people’s lives. Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all,” said the spokeswoman.
Google has working been working towards this vision for some time now through its Project Loon initiative.
Last year the tech giant launched 30 balloons that offered Internet access over remote areas in New Zealand.
Recently, the company purchased solar-powered drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace as a way to help with its Internet project.
The sources also revealed that Google hopes to launch more satellites, weighing less than 250 pounds, across the world.