The appointment of a senior telecoms executive bodes well for telecom disruption
We’ve been talking up the disruptive effect of Project Loon for nearly two years – beaming high speed internet wifi down from balloons in the stratosphere. Google has run several successful trials in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
We now know it’s ready to roll out commercially – Google appointment of a heavyweight telco exec to scale the project is a strong indicator the Loon will be reality…
“Google hires satellite exec to head up Project Loon – Tom Moore was an SVP at Viasat before he joined Google.
The Project Loon team has been conducting successful tests in different parts of the globe for quite some time, but they’ve yet to release a commercial product. Google’s new hire could change that. The tech titan has signed up Viasat exec Tom Moore to become the team’s new general manager by mid-September. Moore originally joined the satellite communications provider when it acquired the company he co-founded. Now, his role is to steer the Loon ship into its next phase and make the internet balloons’ commercial deployment a reality.
Astro Teller, head honcho at Google’s secretive research facility X, said in a statement: