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[zdnet] SkyBender: Now Google tests out drone-delivered 5G internet

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"The project is using drones to test millimeter-wave radio, one of the technologies being explored for 5G wireless, which can blitz today's 4G speeds but only over shorter distances."

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/skybender-now-google-tests-out-drone-delivered-5g-internet/

Looks pretty cool, I love how Google experiments with new things instead of trying to get laws passed hampering innovation to keep old crap relevant *cough* comcast and Time Warner *cough*
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Nifty, but aren't there a lot of practical issues with this?

Weather, air traffic, and cost effectiveness come to kind immediately.
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Then it rains, a cloud goes by, dust storm, any particle in the air....and throughput go right to Hell.

Those frequencies are pretty much worthless to use, aside from VERY (sub 2 miles) short point to points. Even in that scenario, high-gain, point-to-point, weather still impacts it.
    
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Then it rains, a cloud goes by, dust storm, any particle in the air....and throughput go right to Hell.

Those frequencies are pretty much worthless to use, aside from VERY (sub 2 miles) short point to points. Even in that scenario, high-gain, point-to-point, weather still impacts it.
If they're trying it, it's reasonable to assume there's validity to the technology.

Google is not the kind of company to waste money.
    
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If they're trying it, it's reasonable to assume there's validity to the technology.

Google is not the kind of company to waste money.

Actually, when it isn't their money, and they want to show proof of concept, they would test there.

I currently operate short range back-hauls near millimeter wave, at this very moment I have a 24 Ghz backk-haul. This isn't me guessing, this is me literally stating the facts of how RF works.

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Hell, even at 5 Ghz distance and attenuation issues are a concern, you go much above that, and it gets worse. Start talking ~30 Ghz+, good luck.
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