Google’s sister company Lone has launched a network of giant balloons in remote areas of Kenya to provide high-speed internet service that will provide the fastest internet facility.
This network of balloons will provide 4G coverage. The service will allow people to make video calls, web surfing, email and stream video. The plan was announced two years ago, but final approval from the Kenyan government came just days ago.
The Kenyan government is now using the Internet service for high-speed communication to deal with the Corona virus epidemic.
This balloon 4G internet service is being tested with over 35,000 subscribers, initially covering an area of 50,000 square kilometers (31,000 square miles).
To provide this high-speed Internet service, 35 solar-powered balloons will be in constant motion in the stratosphere over East Africa. The balloons have been launched in the United States using wind current to bring them over Kenya.
A field test of the service showed a download speed of 18.9 Mbps (megabits per second) and an upload speed of 4.7 Mbps. Lone started in 2011 as a Google project called “Monshot Projects”.
In 2018, it launched a commercial service with Telecom Kenya.
“This is an exciting milestone for the delivery of Internet service in Africa,” said Mogo Kibati, chief executive of Telecom Kenya. “These Internet balloons will be a means of communication for many Kenyans who live in remote areas,” he added.
Earlier, balloon balloons were used to provide internet service during an earthquake in Peru.