A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.
The pilot will take place within the general area of central Kenya, some of which has been hard to service, due to mountainous and inaccessible terrain.
They are powered by an on-board solar panel, to provide broadband coverage to lower population density areas.
Most recently, the company's balloons were used in Puerto Rico to provide emergency 4G/LTE service to 100,000 people following the devastation from Hurricane Maria. In this case, Telkom Kenya beams wireless internet signals to a Loon balloon, which works as a relay across an area below it.
Flecha's Recon: Tackling the iconic Alpe d'Huez
Thomas leads Froome by 1 minute, 39 seconds. "I'm still riding for Froome", Thomas told reporters immediately after the stage. However, Nibali got up and managed to finish 13 seconds adrift of stage victor and Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas .
Jordan slams Israel for racist nation-state law
By emphasising Israel's Jewish nature, it is "reducing, not directly but indirectly, its democratic nature", Friedman said. The bill is controversial with proponents praising it as a cornerstone of Israeli national identity and Zionist ideals.
There were two major firsts in Prince Louis' christening photos
At the baptism the family of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the first time appeared in full force - with three children. Also in attendance were both William's father, Charles, the prince of Wales and stepmother Camilla , the duchess of Cornwall.
The connection will be delivered by high altitude balloons that float 20km above sea level.
Loon's mission is to connect people everywhere by inventing and integrating audacious technologies. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.
The Kenyan government hopes the system can help achieve full internet coverage of its population.
"This partnership demonstrated the Board's commitment to guide and oversee the transformation of Telkom into a business with a reputation for innovation, with respect to its product and service offering", said Eddy Njoroge, chair of Telkom Kenya's board.
Less than two weeks after being spun off as a standalone business, Alphabet Inc.'s internet balloon company Loon LLC has landed its first paying customer: African mobile provider Telkom Kenya.