Preparedness solution for mobile network operators
Connectivity is critical after a natural disaster — it is a lifeline that enables those affected to reach out for help, to coordinate logistics and supplies, and to reconnect families and friends in the moments that matter most.
Loon disaster preparedness
When cell sites on the ground are damaged or lack power, Loon can dispatch a fleet of balloons to expediently provide LTE connectivity across a large geographic area to subscribers of a local mobile network operator. At 60,000 feet, our balloons fly far above ground-based weather and are fully solar-powered, making the network more resilient to natural disasters. And because the fleet of balloons can be repositioned, Loon can flexibly provide connectivity where and when it is most needed.
Loon operates far above ground weather, flying at 60,000 feet.
Each balloon is independently solar-powered, with battery storage, and is not reliant on the local power grid.
No local staff is needed for activation or deployment, and Loon’s solution utilizes its own backhaul with minimal ground logistics.
When balloons are prepositioned in a region before disaster strikes, Loon can provide service quickly in the moments that matter most.
PARTNERING WITH AT&T TO SCALE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
By integrating with AT&T, Loon enables post-disaster service for AT&T’s telecom roaming partners in over 150 countries, subject to additional operational considerations. Being able to leverage AT&T’s network vastly expands the number of operators globally that Loon can work with without having to complete time-intensive network integration. In a disaster scenario, this saves valuable time and enables Loon to simultaneously serve multiple mobile network operators in a market.
How it works
MOBILE NETWORK OPERATOR PARTNERSHIP
Restoring connectivity in Peru
After Peru was battered by extreme rains and flooding in 2017, Loon partnered with Telefonica to restore connectivity to three different service regions, covering a combined area of 40,000 square kilometers. The process of setting up service took several weeks, working closely with Telefonica, the Peruvian regulatory authorities, and other industry partners.Learn more