Alphabet’s Loon launches its balloon-powered Kenyan internet service

Alphabet’s Loon has officially begun operating its commercial internet service in Kenya. Loon’s high-altitude balloons have been put up which work as cell service towers that drift on currents in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

The company actually began testing its service earlier this year. Loon says it has served over 35,000 customers and provided the services listed during those tests.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.

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