Tencent Technologies News, according to foreign media reports, Softbank and Google are jointly building an air wireless base station 20 kilometers above the ground, which is expected to expand high-speed mobile network connections in remote areas.
The wireless base station will be brought to the stratosphere by an unmanned aerial vehicle and will be compatible with 5G services. The collaboration between the two major companies in science and technology is expected to facilitate the dissemination of this new technology.
At the heart of the program is a device called High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS). The HAPS Mobile division of Softbank USA, which is responsible for the technology, will establish a partnership with Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google's parent company.
Born in Google X Labs, Loon has now become a division of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, tasked with advanced research and development.
The two companies are negotiating to buy each other's shares. First, HAPS Mobile is expected to invest 10 billion yen ($89.4 million) in Loon and become a minority shareholder in the latter.
HAPS Mobile is currently developing a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle. The aircraft is expected to be about 80 meters long and cost hundreds of millions of yen.
Their goal is to commercialize it in the early 1920s.
The stratosphere is an ideal location for airborne base stations because there is little wind at this altitude. The aircraft will stay in designated areas for several months, allowing the wireless base station to cover an area 200 kilometers around the ground. (Tencent Technology Revision/Music Science)