Google spinout and now fellow member of the Alphabet family of companies Loon will get a big test in the coming months, as it begins its first commercial trial in Kenya in partnership with Telkom Kenya.

Loon’s entire mission is to provide internet connectivity to areas that are typically underserved, using high-altitude balloons with solar-powered cellular network gear on board, replacing the need for permanent tower infrastructure in environments where that kind of option either isn’t practical or affordable.

With this new commercial trial (set to take place later this year after the equipment makes its way to the target site in the next few weeks), Telkom Kenya will be providing access to customers spread out across a number of villages located in a mountainous

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