Categories: KenyaNews

Alphabet Is Shutting Down Loon

Alphabet is shutting down Loon, its division that provides internet from floating balloons. This comes after a series if news reports explained just how badly the loons were performing during their assignments. According to a post on the blog of Alphabet’s X moonshot division, Alphabet has decided that the Loon’s will no longer take to the skies.

“The road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped,” Astro Teller, who leads X, wrote in the blog. “In the coming months, we’ll begin winding down operations and it will no longer be an Other Bet within Alphabet.”

Loon launched its first commercial internet service in Kenya in July, comprised of a fleet of about 35 balloons that covered an area of around 50,000 square kilometers. Loon has also provided internet services to areas affected by natural disasters, deploying balloons to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017 and to Peru following an earthquake in 2019.

Teller says that Loon is working to place employees in other roles at X, Google, and Alphabet. “A small group of the Loon team will stay to ensure Loon’s operations are wrapped up smoothly and safely — this includes winding down Loon’s pilot service in Kenya,” according to Teller. Loon’s service in Kenya will run until March, an X spokesperson said. To support those in Kenya who might be affected by the loss of Loon’s service, Loon is pledging $10 million to support nonprofits and businesses in Kenya dedicated to “connectivity, Internet, entrepreneurship and education.”

Do you have a story that you think would interest our readers?
Write to us
Sid Chudasama

A word after a word after a word is power, a big part of my power is letting the story tell itself. An automotive enthusiast, a thinker, and a lover of the environment. You can reach me on

Published by
Sid Chudasama

Recent Posts

Mombasa County Takes The Lead In Rolling Out Robotics For Junior Students In Kenya

The county of Mombasa recently launched intense robotics and innovation training among students in their early years of education. Officially…

2 days ago

Lazarus Devours Defense

Kaspersky researchers have identified a new, previously unknown, campaign from Lazarus, a highly prolific advanced threat actor active since at…

2 days ago

Twitter Announces New Feature- Paid Super Follows

Twitter's new feature plays right into the hands of creators. The feature, called Super Follows gives the ability for users…

2 days ago

Xbox Live Suffers Worldwide Outage

Microsoft’s Xbox Live service went down for more than five hours yesterday, preventing users from signing in to the service.…

2 days ago

Usiku Games Targets 8 Million Primary Pupils With Mobile Edutainment Games

Usiku Games, a Kenyan mobile games company, has unveiled edutainment games to help primary school-aged children improve on their learning…

2 days ago

Covid-19 Accelerated The IT Spend Among Airports, Airlines

When the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, businesses were forced to re-adjust their operation models to remain afloat or else shape…

3 days ago

This website uses cookies.