The 9 towns to receive Telkom’s internet balloon services

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 4 May, 2020 10:57 | < 1 min read
A Google internet balloon. PHOTO | BBC
A Google internet balloon. PHOTO | BBC

By Noel Wandera

Telkom Kenya has identified nine towns and their surroundings that will receive the 4G/LTE balloon services recently announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a statement, the telco said the services would soon be available in Nairobi, Machakos, Nyeri, Nakuru, Kitui, Nanyuki, Narok and Kisii.

“Telkom and Loon will thereafter work to expedite service deployment, progressively, to other areas, to support the Kenya Government’s efforts to address and manage the spread of Covid-19 in the country,” said enterprise division managing director Kris Senanu.

Telkom Kenya and its partner Loon Inc, recently announced that a larger fleet of balloons is heading to Kenya, to join the balloons that are already active and part of a network integration exercise in Kenyan airspace, in readiness for deployment of the Loon service in the country.

The Loon service will seek to use its 4G/LTE internet solution to connect unserved and under-served communities in Kenya.