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Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons

By Engadget

March 23, 2020

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Alphabet's Internet-delivery balloon service, Loon, has finally received approval from the Kenyan government. To help improve communication during the coronavirus pandemic, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta fast-tracked the regulatory approval Loon and its partner, Telkom Kenya, were waiting on.

Loon expects to begin providing service to remote areas of Kenya in the "near future."

Once up and running, Loon's Internet-delivery balloons will allow Kenyans to buy 4G service from Telkom Kenya. The project has been in the works since 2018, when Loon signed a contract with the operator. Last summer, the partners received approval for commercial testing in the country.

 

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