A Bird? a Plane? No, It’s a Google Balloon Beaming the Internet

Source: NY Times »

A fleet of high-altitude balloons started delivering internet service to Kenya on Tuesday, extending online access to tens of thousands of people in the first-ever commercial deployment of the technology.

The balloons, which hover about 12 miles up in the stratosphere — well above commercial airplanes — will initially provide a 4G LTE network connection to a nearly 31,000-square-mile area across central and western Kenya, including the capital, Nairobi.

Loon, a unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, launched 35 balloons in…

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