The project will launch in 2019 and is to be supported by Telkom Kenya.
Loon became the fourth firm that emerged from Alphabet's X lab project and joined other subsidiaries to become Google's sister company, such as smart-thermostat maker Nest, health-data firm Verily and self-driving vehicle operator Waymo. The balloons act as floating cell towers, powered by solar panels and transmitting Telkom's service to people below.
"We will work very hard with Loon, to deliver the first commercial mobile service, as quickly as possible, using Loon's balloon-powered Internet in Africa", said Aldo Mareuse, the chief executive of Telkom.
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The pilot project will focus on central Kenya, which the operator stated is a challenging area to cover due to mountainous and inaccessible terrain.
"We couldn't be more excited to start our journey in Kenya, and we look forward to working with mobile network partners worldwide to deliver on the promise of Loon", Westgarth said in a blog post.
Westgarth says Alphabet marks a significant milestone in a journey that began in 2013 when a New Zealand sheep farmer became one of the first to connect with Loon test balloons (as per PTI). Starting next year, Loon balloons will soar high above the East African nation, sending 4G internet coverage down to its rural and suburban populations. "At the end of the day, Loon is providing an infrastructure solution - it just happens to be 60,000 feet in the air, on the edge of space".
The country's major cities and towns are covered by operator networks, but large parts of rural Kenya are not.