A Portuguese company is using solar-powered SkyOrbiter drones to provide Internet access to pockets of the world that don't currently have access to the World Wide Web. The drones will stay airborne for long periods of time -- weeks, months or even years -- and will fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 meters.
These SkyOrbiter drones will be able to transmit signals via LTE or WiFi on unlicensed spectrums or via WiFi, LTE, 3G or 2G via carriers on the licensed spectrum.
While many people associate drones with unpleasant things such as war, the SkyOrbiter project shows that drones can be a force for good and social change. This project may well herald a sea change in Internet access, driving education, flow of information and development in underdeveloped parts of the world.