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Project loon

Launching 180 satellites

Search engine giant Google has announced ambitious plans to help hundreds of millions of people get online.

In a moved dubbed "the next billion", the initiative is aimed at emneging markets in the third world - many of which will see users experiencing the internet for the first time.

Complementing its moonshot "Project Loon", the satellites will work alongside other technologies such as baloons and drones to bring the internet to regions previously off-limits.

A Google spokesman said: "Internet connectivity significantly improves people's lives. Yet two-thirds of the world have no access at all. It's why we're so focused on new technologies that have the potential to bring hundreds of millions more people online in the coming years."