Wi-Fly: Widespread Opportunistic Connectivity via Commercial Air Transport

by Talal Ahmad, Ranveer Chandra, Ashish Kapoor et al.
New York University and Microsoft Research, 2017

7 pp. 3.2 MB
http://erichorvitz.com/opportunistic_internet_air_transport.pdf

The authors have proposed using existing commercial aircraft flights and air routes to provide worldwide internet coverage at much lower cost than proposed solutions such as Google’s Project Loon (which uses balloons) and Facebook’s Aquila efforts (which uses solar-powered aircraft). They propose using existing license-free WIFI spectrum and WIFI routers on commercial aircraft which already criss-cross the skies to communicate with repeaters on the ground, and believe they can offer at least some internet connectivity to 80% of the population of Africa at low cost and with existing technology.

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