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Global telcos join Alphabet, SoftBank’s flying cellphone antenna lobbying effort – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: The logo of SoftBank Group Corp is displayed at SoftBank World 2017 conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Alphabet and SoftBank’s attempts to launch flying cellphone antennas high into the atmosphere have received backing from global telcos, energizing lobbying efforts aimed at driving regulatory approval for the emerging technology.

Loon, which was spun out of Google parent Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) business incubator, and HAPSMobile, a unit of SoftBank Group Corp’s (9984.T) domestic telco, plan to deliver high speed internet to remote areas by flying network equipment at high altitudes.

Lobbying efforts by the two firms, which formed an alliance last year, are being joined by companies including aerospace firm Airbus (AIR.PA), network vendors Nokia (NOKIA.HE) and Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and telcos China Telecom (0728.HK), Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Telefonica (TEF.MC) and Bharti Airtel (BRTI.NS).


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