Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has announced it will release its bubbles for broadcasting an internet signal over Kenya. This will happen next year, with the US technology giant partnering with Telkom Kenya. This will provide access to the internet for rural and peri-urban communities. This is Alphabet’s first commercial project in Africa.
Project Loon was developed by the Alphabet – X Innovation Lab. Technology behind Loon is used by US telecom operators to provide coverage for over 250,000 people in Puerto Rico after the hurricane last year. Kenya hopes Alphabet technology will help provide Internet coverage for the entire population of the country.
Telkom Kenya is the third largest mobile operator in Kenya after market leaders Safaricom and Bharti Airtel. The details of the transaction between the operator and Alphabet are not publicly disclosed.