Google’s Project Loon CEO steps down – ‘Quintel’ CEO takes vacant position

Google’s Project Loon CEO steps down – ‘Quintel’ CEO takes vacant position

Google’s Project Loon CEO steps down – ‘Quintel’ CEO takes vacant position

Written by Lahiru Fernando

11 Mar, 2017 | 10:03 pm

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed for Google’s ‘Project Loon’ following the resignation of Tom Moore – the outgoing CEO.

Alastair Westgarth – the newly appointed Chief Executive officer previously headed ‘Quintel’, a wireless antenna company.

The outgoing CEO Tom Moore was brought in after the head of the project Mike Cassidy stepped down in August 2016. Incidentally Mike Cassidy was the representative who came to Sri Lanka to sign the Google Loon MoU.

According to Bloomberg, the Google Loon Project (a.k.a X) has been testing its balloons around the world since 2013. Wireless operators like Vodafone NZ of New Zealand, Telstra of Australia and Telefonica of South America has partnered with Google on the project to provide internet access in rural and mountainous areas that aren’t served by traditional terrestrial networks.

Bloomberg also report that the transition comes after the company scaled back an ambitious attempt to build a global communications service by circling the earth with high-altitude balloons.

Foreign media also say that Moore’s hiring was intended to reflect a path towards commercialization for Project Loon, which has only seen limited deployments in countries including Sri Lanka since its unveiling.

The reports further states that Last year, Loon signed a deal to test its internet-beaming balloons with Indonesia’s three largest wireless carriers. A spokesperson for the project has said that they have not started these tests, but the parties still plan to pursue them.

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