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Kenya’s Google Internet Balloon HBAL166 Crashes in Congo

Kenya’s Google Internet Balloon HBAL166 Crashes in Congo

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Google’s high altitude balloon meant to provide high-speed internet in Kenya crashed near the town of Buta (close to Kisangani) in Bas-Uélé in the Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday.

According to Kabale Musavuli, initial;y, they did not know what kind of object it was. 

“Object that crashed is Project Loon Kenya HBAL166 that crashed in Congo over 1600 km from Kenya.,” he said later.

 

In July, Telkom Kenya launched loon, 4G enabling balloons in partnership with  Alphabet expanding its internet subscription by 4.8 million users.

Loon is a network of stratospheric balloons designed to bring internet connectivity to rural and remote communities worldwide.

The high-altitude balloons in the stratosphere (altitude: 18km to 25km) create an aerial wireless network with up to 4G-LTE speeds.

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