By Collins Orono
The Kenyan government has allowed Google Loon balloons to provide internet across the country amid directive for students to study online and workers to work from home.
While addressing the nation at State House in Nairobi on Monday 23rd, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Telkom Kenya and Google Loon, a sister Company to Google providing Internet had partnered to provide free internet services to Kenyans.
The Program is expected to benefit Millions of learners and workers in the Country more so those in rural areas with little or no access to internet by enabling students to do their assignments online.
Loon internet is spread using balloons where balloons are designed to stay in the air for months at a time, and move by surfing wind channels, predicting speeds and directions so that they can navigate in the direction they need to travel.
Loon’s balloons float high in the stratosphere, around 20km above sea level; a height the company says is out of range of air traffic, storms and wildlife. The tennis-court-sized balloon is made from polyethylene, filled with helium and powered by a solar panel to travel.
Each balloon carries an antenna, which relays internet signals transmitted from the ground, extending coverage over an area of 5,000sq km.
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