Telkom Kenya Uses Google Loon balloons to provide 4G mobile phone services

The common wisdom is that most people are on the Internet these days, but this is only true in pockets of civilization. Roughly 4 billion people around the world still don’t have access as of late 2017. Many live in areas where the infrastructure of the Internet hasn’t yet reached, or where coverage is inadequate or prohibitively expensive.

Google, famous for its many high-tech endeavors, has multiple projects in the works to get high-speed Internet connectivity to the masses. Their Google Fiber project aims to provide Gigabit service. It will be far faster than the connection speeds we’re used to.

Using fiber optics,  it has pilots of that program going in several areas in the US. But the company has another project aimed at getting basic high-speed Internet to areas that don’t have it. And the project uses something we think of as low-tech — balloons!

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