Alphabet Internet Balloons to Boost Anti-Virus Efforts in Kenya

March 23, 2020, 6:12 PM

Kenya has approved a project by Alphabet Inc.’s unit Loon and Telkom Kenya to begin broadcasting high-speed internet from huge balloons hovering over the country’s airspace.

The project, part of Kenya’s plans for a technology hub, is being expedited to help in quelling the current challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Kenya has 16 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The 4G service will “support our efforts in surveillance and management of coronavirus infections,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in the capital, Nairobi, on Monday. It’s at the same time laying the foundations to expand technology capabilities once the current health challenge is contained, ...

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