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Saturday November 16, 2013

Brazil Considering Balloons to Extend Internet Service to Amazonia

Brazil Considering Balloons to Extend Internet Service to Amazonia

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Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, known as Inpe, said it is looking at the feasibility of using balloons to extend the Internet into isolated regions such as Amazonia.

Balloons represent a lower-cost alternative to existing technologies and would have a negligible environmental impact, Inpe said.

Inpe mounted a test on Thursday in a municipality in São Paulo state, launching a balloon that weighs about 15 kilos (33 pounds) at an altitude of 240 meters (787 feet).

Equipped with four radio transmitters, the balloon broadcasts an omni-directional Internet signal 50 kilometers (31 miles).

“With the balloon, broadband communication using radio frequencies reaches a bigger coverage area in comparison with conventional towers,” Inpe said in a statement.

Brazil’s ministers for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp; and Communications, Paulo Bernardo, were present for Thursday’s test.

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