Indonesian startup Helion pursues lower-tech version of Google's Project Loon

A team of graduates of Indonesia's Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) is working on a low-tech version of Google's Project Loon. Called Helion, the plan is to use tethered balloons at a maximum height of a couple hundred meters to distribute a Wi-Fi signal to the surrounding area.

Project Loon is experimenting with high-altitude balloons that float in the stratosphere, beaming down Internet signals to remote areas. It chose Indonesia for one of its test sites, notes Tech in Asia.

Unlike Loon, Helion sees itself as a quick, local and targeted solution rather than trying to cover large geographical areas. And while initial trials around the ITB campus have proven the concept, many kinks are still left to be worked out. Article

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