Kenya to use Google's Project Loon for high-speed Internet connectivity

Google, a division of Alphabet Inc., has won a contract to provide high-speed Internet connectivity to Kenya's rural areas. Google will be using its balloons under Project Loon to deliver the high-speed Internet access in Kenya.

Project Loon is a network of balloons which Google says are traveling on the edge of space and are designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas around the world.

"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," Joe Mucheru, Kenya's Minister of Information and Communications Technology is reported to have said.

The roll-out of high-speed Internet access in Kenya's rural areas also forms part of the East Afrikan country's government'splan of addressing the needs of communities in rural areas. Kenya's big cities of Nairobi and Mombasa are well connected as far as Internet access is concerned but it is the rural areas that have been left behind.

β€œLoon is another technology that is being introduced that the licensed operators hopefully can be able to use. Connectivity is critical. If you are not online, you are left out,” added Mucheru.

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