Loon to partner with Telkom Kenya to deploy balloon internet in 2019

Loon to partner with Telkom Kenya to deploy balloon internet in 2019

Loon to partner with Telkom Kenya to deploy balloon internet in 2019

The system will cover both suburban and rural areas - financial details of the deal with Telkom Kenya were not disclosed. Kenya hopes the technology can help achieve full Internet coverage of its population.

This being 2018, the balloons exclusively offer 4G LTE access, although Loon is looking at adding 5G support in the future.

"Loon's mission is to connect people everywhere by inventing and integrating audacious technologies". Further, I expect we'll see more of these third world countries jump on this type of service since the infrastructure required is pretty slim.

According to the report, this is Alphabet's first commercial deal for Loon in Africa.

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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.

The announcement comes just a week after Loon graduated from Alphabet's secretive "moonshot factory" known as X. That means it's considered a full-fledged company beside sister companies including Google and self-driving auto developer Waymo. The balloons act as floating cell towers, powered by solar panels and transmitting Telkom's service to people below. Loon and Google both fall under Alphabet now. Kenya's telecommunications operator, Telkom Kenya and Loon, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to pilot the innovative new 4G/LTE access network service in Kenya.

The balloons float at 60,000 feet (20 km) above sea level - high over air traffic, wildlife and weather events.

"This would perhaps be less of a problem if there's more than one provider - you can simply switch network - but if Loon and Telkom have monopolies in these areas, that could be a ticking time bomb".

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