Originally Posted by iSaint
Anyone familiar with Alphabet's Loon System
of balloons providing LTE service
to sparsely developed countries? Who is the ISP? Can boats at sea access this network?
Here is an article about testing the Loon service in northern Peru
Looks like Loon is being proven out in selected markets. No idea who provides the backhaul. If the Loon coverage overlaps the ocean, it could potentially serve boaters. I have not heard of this use case being investigated. The one I'm familiar with is rural coverage in under-served countries. I don't believe it would ever be widely deployed over oceans - that would not be cost effective. It might be used someday in densely populated areas (harbors?) with many boaters, but I would think it an uphill struggle against satellite
services that have few global limits.
Just as with using your phone
on a different network, there must be a roaming agreement between the two operators, or you must obtain a SIM card for the Loon network.