On the evening of July 5th, Beijing time, Kenya's Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Joe · Joe Mucheru said today that Kenya will use Google's parent company Alphabet's hot air balloon system to provide high-speed Internet access to consumers in remote areas. .
Alphabet's hot air balloon system, the “Project Loon” project, aims to provide cheap Internet access to rural, remote and underdeveloped areas using hot air balloons. These hot air balloons will form a communication network at an altitude of more than 20 kilometers and then cover the network to the surface of the earth.
Last year, the four-level hurricane & ldquo; Maria had caused a large blackout to Puerto Rico, and US mobile operators used Alphabet's hot air balloon to provide Internet access to 250,000 people.
Mucheru said today that “Project Loon” project representatives are discussing the deployment of this technology with local telecom operators. He said: "The negotiations between the two sides are still going on. Once signed, almost every corner of our country will have an Internet connection. ”
At the same time, the “Project Loon” project team also confirmed the news, saying that it is discussing matters with the local authorities. “Project Loon”; a project spokesperson said: “We have been discussing cooperation with governments and operators around the world. ”
Kenya has a population of more than 45 million, and its major cities have operators' broadband networks, but most rural areas have no network coverage.
Mucheru said: “Having a network connection is essential, and if you are not online, you are excluded. ”