Alphabet to shut down its internet balloon business unit Loon

Google parent Alphabet Inc is shutting down its internet balloon business, Loon, which aimed to provide a less expensive alternative to cell towers, saying on Thursday that it was not commercially viable. Founded in 2011, Loon aimed to bring connectivity to areas of the world where building cell towers is too expensive or treacherous by… Read More Alphabet to shut down its internet balloon business unit Loon

Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on Wednesday. The service is run by Loon, a unit of Google’s parent Alphabet, and Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s third largest telecoms operator. “Kenya is the first country… to have base stations… Read More Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

Alphabet’s Loon to deploy high-speed Internet balloon with Telkom Kenya in 2019

​Alphabet Inc’s Loon said on Thursday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab. It has since… Read More Alphabet’s Loon to deploy high-speed Internet balloon with Telkom Kenya in 2019

Alphabet set to convert Wing, Loon projects into independent companies

Google parent Alphabet Inc’s X research division said on Wednesday its Wing and Loon projects will become independent companies. Project Loon makes internet-delivery balloons, while Project Wing is a drone delivery system. Alastair Westgarth will become chief executive officer of Loon and James Ryan Burgess will be the CEO of Wing. The companies will now… Read More Alphabet set to convert Wing, Loon projects into independent companies