Alphabet began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley, The internet service is run by Loon, a unit of Google’s parent Alphabet, and Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s 3rd largest telecoms operator.
Information Minister Joe Mucheru after launching the service said that “Kenya is the first counter to have base stations high up in the sky. Now we will be able to cover the whole country in a very short span of time,”
The technology has been used before, but not commercially. U.S. telecom operators used balloons to connect more than 250,000 people in Puerto Rico after a 2017 hurricane.
Alastair Westgarth, Loon’s chief executive said that “We are effectively building the next layer of the mobile network around the world. We look like a cell tower 20 km in the sky,”
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