The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has approved a partnership between Kenya-based telecommunication company Telkom Kenya and Project Loon. Project Loon is an initiative by Google to connected rural and remote areas underserved by telecommunication infrastructure to access the internet.
Project Loon uses high-flying hot air balloons to beam down the internet connection. Doing so from up in the sky, the network covers a wider ground that cannot be achieved from a conventional cell tower on the ground.
Following the approval by the CA for the partnership between Loon and Telkom Kenya, Loon has now embarked on laying down the ground infrastructure, and the first tests for the network is expected to start within the first half of 2019. Remote areas in Central Kenya will be the first to be served by the network on a pilot phase. Though geographically challenging locations will be served later.
How Telkom Kenya stands to gain
Like we said, for both companies, this partnership is a synergy powerhouse. For one, Telkom will be able to beam its 4G signals across a much wider geographical coverage than it could ever be possible with grounded …read more