Details remain vague, but the Wall Street Journal reports that the satellites will be small and high-capacity, and will orbit the Earth at 'lower altitudes than traditional satellites.'
Google's venture is being led by Greg Wyler, founder of satellite-communications start-up O3b Networks, and depending on the network's final design, the group may double the number of proposed satellites.
community, but two-thirds of the planet still remain without access.
Now, Google is planning to change this by launching a fleet of 180 satellites to provide web access for the 4.8 billion people not yet online, according to sources close to the company.
The California-based giant will spend more than $1 billion (£600 million) on the technology, which will rival Facebook's efforts to connect remote regions of the world.