Google and Tesla have plans to help rebuild Puerto Rico

Google and Tesla have plans to help rebuild Puerto Rico

As most of the smartphones are not capable of transcoding Band 8 LTE signals, the OEMs are necessarily required to push an OTA update for every smartphone in Puerto Rico.

Project Loon is the name for Alphabet's (Google's parent company) ambitious project that provides cellular data capabilities from above.

It could help provide the people of Puerto Rico with access to cellular service to connect with loved ones and access life-saving information.

Cell service has mostly been down since Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Earlier this year, Project Loon was deployed to Peru after a series of devastating floods.

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Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation from Hurricane Maria, which has left billions of dollars worth of damage in its wake, flooded the country and destroyed a lot of the buildings.

As Puerto Rico and its people continue to reel from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, two of the world's biggest tech companies have outlined plans for bringing power back to the Caribbean island and U.S. territory. "We've been making solid progress on this next step and would like to thank everyone who's been lending a hand". Loon requires local partners to work, and in the case of the Peru project, relationships with wireless providers and other players were already in place.

Alphabet launched Project Loon in 2013 in an effort to provide service to people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps and bring them back online after disasters. The Loon team has reportedly secured spectrum rights from wireless networks operating in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands good for at least six months.

"We're grateful for the support of the FCC and the Puerto Rican authorities as we work hard to see if it's possible to use Loon balloons to bring emergency connectivity to the island during this time of need".

-Jack Nicas contributed to this article.

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