Infrastructure innovations enabling rural connectivity
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Infrastructure innovations enabling rural connectivity


How the use of blimps can make connecting the rural unconnected economically viable and bridge the digital divide

Altaeros, a start-up based in Boston, was co-founded in 2010 by CEO/CTO Ben Glass, an MIT-trained aerospace engineer who came up with the idea during graduate school. Their product, the SuperTower, provides wireless coverage through antennas and radios deployed on tethered blimps, known as aerostats, allowing carriers to provide coverage in places where a deployment was not physically or financially feasible. The project started, as many do, with angel investors and in November 2014 Altaeros secured its first major funding from SoftBank.

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Ben Glass, CEO, Altaeros:

Altaeros is working to solve the challenge of expanding connectivity to the billions of unserved and underserved people around the world, in a way that is flexible, quick to deploy, and most importantly, cost effective for both carriers and their subscribers.


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