Google works with Australia’s biggest carrier to test Project Loon balloons

Project Loon, Google’s ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world by way of a network of high-altitude balloons, is preparing to launch a series of test flights in Australia. The tests will see 20 balloons launched across western Queensland, and will be the first to be conducted in the country when they begin in December. They’ll also mark the first time Google has partnered with a wireless carrier to beam internet to the ground below — the flights are being run in partnership with Australia’s largest telecoms company, Telstra.

Google announced earlier this year that it would join forces with wireless companies around the world to make Project Loon a reality. The search giant’s eventual plan is to have carriers leasing its…

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