Alphabet Inc to deploy net balloons, in parts of Africa

It is thus also the first such commercial deal in the African continent

Alphabet Inc, which is parent company of Google, made an announcement that it would deploy its Loon internet balloons over the skies in Kenya.

This is aimed at being able to provide high-speed internet connectivity to regions with low internet penetration.

The company also added that it was working with Kenyan telecom company Telkom Kenya to provide internet access to rural and sub-urban population in the country by 2019.

It is thus also the first such commercial deal in the African continent.

The news of the deployment of Loon internet balloons comes nearly week after the company’s two startups– Loon
and Wing– graduated from Alphabet’s moonshot factory called “X”.

Loon uses balloons that are powered by an on-board solar panel to deliver 4G internet connectivity in regions with no connectivity or low population density.

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