Kenya to deploy Alphabet’s internet balloon in rural areas

To connect more of its rural population to the internet and to teach them the power and uses of the internet. Kenya is planning to use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons which will be able to provide high-speed internet in the country. Alphabet’s internet balloon can be useful to set up internet connectivity in remote areas.

Alphabet's internet balloon

The technology was build by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab and the project was named Project Loon. It was used by U.S. telecom operators to provide connectivity to more than 250,000 people in Puerto Rico after a hurricane last year.

The information, communication and technology minister Joe Mucheru, notified Reuters on Wednesday that project representatives were holding meetings with local telecom operators on the installation and execution of the technology and how to make it accessible to more and more people.

“The Loon team are still working out contracts and hopefully once that is done, we can be able to see almost every part of the country covered,” he said.

Alphabet's internet balloon

The project was discussed with local mates from the countries and discussed how it will help them to use internet services better than ever but the details of the project were not disclosed.

The Project Loon is going that successful that its spokesperson in London added that “We are always in discussions with governments and telcos around the world”.

Operator networks have covered all the major cities of Kenya and connected more than 45 million people to the internet, but the villages are still lagging behind and vast swathes of rural Kenya are not covered.

A Kenyan start-up powered by Microsoft is working to connect to rural areas and they are using under-utilized television frequencies to connect people to the internet.

Loon is the technology that will help the government meet its goal of providing internet services to all and the licensed operators will be able to use the technology mentioned by Mucheru.

“Connectivity is critical. If you are not online, you are left out.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.