Google loon 4G network balloons in Kenya
By Nkunja Hellen
| March 23rd 2020
Loon balloons are designed to extend connectivity by travelling on the edge of space, delivering internet connection to people in rural and underdeveloped parts of the world.
The balloons float around 20km (12.4 miles) above sea levels to deliver 10 Mbps to people.
Each balloon can provide connectivity in about 80 km
diameter. Each carries an antenna which relays internet signals.
The balloons can withstand UV rays, high temperatures, and
other difficult atmospheric conditions. This is because they are made of
polythene plastic that can last up to 100 days. The balloons are filled with
helium and powered by a solar panel.
They are also designed to move by surfing wind channels
hence predicting speeds and directions so they can travel.
Loon had earlier in July 2018 announced its commercial deal
with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to Kenyans in all parts of the
On Monday, March 23, President Kenyatta signed an agreement
allowing Google loons to access the Kenyan airspace to enhance the 4G network
This will be very helpful to Kenyans, who will be working
from home and students. Students can also access the online classes and other
education materials during the COVID-19 crisis.
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