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Stratospheric balloon will deliver internet to Kenya

19 July 2018

As of 2019, internet will be delivered to central Kenya by balloon as part of a commercial deal with Loon, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

A balloon over Loon’s test site in Winnemucca, Nevada (Credit: Loon)

Loon is a network of stratospheric balloons designed to deliver internet connectivity to rural and remote areas. The balloons sail on wind in the stratosphere, extending beyond the reach of telecommunication partner’s networks into areas that are currently unconnected.

Loon have recently dropped the “Project” from its name, after becoming an independent company within Alphabet. Since then, the company has taken a giant leap forward and partnered with Telkom Kenya to provide balloon-powered internet to regions of central Kenya. Starting in 2019, Loon and Telkom Kenya will collaborate on the technical, operational and other work needed to bring internet to more people in Kenya. The idea is to help the country extend their network reach beyond ground-based infrastructure. 

You can read more information in Loon’s blog.

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