Google launches balloons in Kenya to provide internet



Google announced the launch of its floating balloons named Lone to provide internet service in Kenya after months of tests, and CEO Lone Alistair And Garth, noted that “4 GLGI service will be provided to Telecom Kenya subscribers through a fleet of about 35 balloons.”

“The fleet will cover an area of about 50,000 square kilometers across the western and central regions of the country, including its capital Nairobi, noting that it has been able to connect 35,000 users to the Internet during the past period,” the company said.

Google balloons provided internet access in the aftermath of disasters, such as in Puerto Rico in 2017 after Hurricane Maria or in Peru after the 2019 earthquake, but did not provide the service as part of a large-scale commercial spread.


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