Telelift Hopes To Bring High Quality Internet To Remote Areas

It is common for people to use the internet to search for junk hauling in my area because it more convenient with faster results. Most junk hauling service providers have websites with their address and contact information to make them accessible to consumers. They interact with customers through social media to the point where customers will refer their services to others.

However, there are still people who do not have reliable internet connections. While tech giants like Facebook and Google are still figuring out how to bring internet to billions of people, an American start-up has come up with its own plans.

Telelift attempts to create a flying cell phone tower through the use of drones with the size of a dining table. The drone which is expected to stay in the air for at least one month will be attached to the ground through a long wire.

Rahul Tiwari, a 22-year old engineering student at Purdue University in Indiana, came up with the concept in 2017.  He has drones that hover at 200 feet in the air while attached to a power source or solar panels on the ground. The amount of power used is similar to that of a microwave.

Initially, Tiwali wanted his drones to become anti-poaching flying watchtowers in Africa however, industry insiders saw a great potential in the drones. The drones are very powerful and if they can stay in the air for a long time they can be attached with 4G routers to bring internet to areas that have poor coverage like Kenya, Niger, Botswana and Senegal.

According to GSMA, there are roughly 4 billion people who do not have internet access globally. Mobile coverage substantially drops outside major cities. Tiwali is working with network providers in targeting suburbs. Network providers are willing to work with Tiwali because it is good business to provide high quality internet in remote areas.

The drones that cost about $40,000 are fully automated in flight but require a pilot for take-off and launching. Telelift was tested by Verizon and Orange to deliver internet at the French Windsurfing Championships in Quiberon, France last November.