Google to use balloons to provide hurricane-hit Puerto Rico cellular service

Alphabet will provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through its Project Loon balloons. (Reuters)
Updated 07 October 2017
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Google to use balloons to provide hurricane-hit Puerto Rico cellular service

WASHINGTON: The US Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet’s application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through its Project Loon balloons.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites.
Alphabet, which announced the test project in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to provide Internet service in remote regions, said in an FCC filing it was working to “support licensed mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capability” in Puerto Rico.


Ex-Central Africa militia leader arrives at ICC detention center: spokesman

In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. (AFP)
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Ex-Central Africa militia leader arrives at ICC detention center: spokesman

THE HAGUE: Former Central African Republic militia leader Alfred Yekatom arrived at the International Criminal Court’s detention center in The Hague ahead of his trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a spokesman said Saturday.
“The suspect arrived in the detention center,” said ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah of the ex-leader nicknamed “Col. Rambo.”