Alphabet’s Loon launches its balloon Internet service in Kenya

Alphabet’s Loon has officially began operating its commercial internet-service in Kenya. Loon said its service would initially cover 50,000 square kilometers in western and central parts of Kenya.

The firm has partnered with local telecommunications operator Telkom Kenya to beam 4G internet from its solar-powered balloons. Rather than delivering connectivity from the ground through cell towers and cables, or from space via satellites, Loon says it is building a “third layer” in the stratosphere.