Balloon internet starts in Kenya

Tech company Alphabet’s Loon has officially begun operating its commercial internet service in Kenya .

Loon’s internet service is provide by the use of huge balloons which work as cell towers to spread the internet signal.

Loon’s Kenyan service is offered in partnership with local telecom provider Telkom Kenya, and provides cellular service through their network to an area covering roughly 50,000 square kilometres.

Loon has a fleet of around 35 balloons acting together, which are moving constantly to maintain the target area coverage.

Real-world testing has shown the internet is capable of voice and video calls, as well as YouTube streaming, WhatsApp use.

The path followed by Alphabet’s balloons as they provide service to the target area in Kenya. (Image Credits: Loon)

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