Google is continuing its work with Project Loon to provide internet connectivity in hard to reach areas via a network of balloons.
Project Loon is being developed by the Google X division, and provides internet access by deploying balloons at a height of up to 65,000ft, double that used by commercial aircraft.
"We hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters," said the firm when it announced the plans.
Google declined to comment on the report, but did confirm that it has entered into partnerships with Telstra in Australia, Vodafone in New Zealand and Telefónica in Chile.
Mike Cassidy, vice president of Project Loon, said at an event called The Next Billion earlier this month in New York that there are vast areas where it is impossible to get internet access, and that balloons can offer up to 10Mbps download speeds to an LTE phone.
Cassidy explained that a number of tests have been carried out already, and that a wool farmer in New Zealand has reaped the benefits.
Google has 75 balloons deployed at this stage and intends to increase this to 100 in the near future.
Cassidy said that the project is "very technically challenging", explaining that the balloons are expected to last for around 100 days but can be downed by a hole just a millimetre in diameter.
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