A group of global industry leaders have formed the high altitude platform station (HAPS) Alliance with an aim to promote the use of high-altitude vehicles for facilitating internet connection.

HAPS Alliance is an association of world-leading telecommunications, technology, aviation, and aerospace companies.

Alphabet’s Loon LLC and Bharti Airtel are also part of this alliance, among other companies.

The aim of this alliance is to advocate business development for HAPS with authorities. To this end, the member companies will address various social issues and will negotiate with necessary authorities to bring high-altitude internet to their respective countries. Further, the alliance will promote the standardisation of HAPS network interoperability.

In addition, the HAPS Alliance will also work towards influencing commercial standards, including 3GPP non-terrestrial networks.