Project Skybender: Google secretly testing 5G internet drones


While most of us in Thailand are still waiting for 4G internet to become officially available, Google engineers are already developing technology that will deliver high speed 5G internet.

According to a report in The Guardian, Google is secretly testing solar powered drones capable of delivering Internet speeds up to 40 times faster than 4G.

The secretive new initiative, codenamed Project Skybender, has seen the company carry out a series of tests at a remote spaceport in New Mexico, which was originally meant to house Richard Branson’s highly ambitions Virgin Galactic spacecrafts.

The report claims Google engineers are experimenting to see if millimetre-wave radio transmissions can be used to stream high speed internet quickly and effectively from the solar powered drones.

Google hopes that the technology will eventually be developed so that scores of self flying drones will be used to beam incredibly fast internet around the globe.

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Whilst the race to develop 5G internet has been underway for several years, it still remains nothing more than a concept.

As well as Google, companies such as Samsung, Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia have all started testing and trying to develop this technology. Facebook has also developed drones capable of delivering wireless internet, which are expected to one day we capable for transmitting 5G.

As for the kind of speeds users will able to expect from 5G, no one really knows for sure.

In 2014, Samsung said it delivered speeds of 1GB per second using 5G, meaning that you could probably download a whole movie in less than a second.

But don’t get too excited just yet.

5G isn’t expect to be available until 2020 at the earliest and if the rollout of 4G is anything to by, those of us in Thailand will probably have to wait longer still.


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