If we knew how many planes are in the air at any one time over our area, could the plane companies and the mobile network company’s get into bed with each other, by renting space on the planes that can broadcast phone calls.
The network would probably need a very clever switching algorithim where a call is routed to the nearest available airborne mast.
Maybe theres more thought required about this.
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