Connectivity vs Sound investments : Loon Project is Shutting Down

Not a blow to Telkom Kenya at all, but a blow for the underserved. Loon was
a 4G/LTE coverage infrastructure provider using floating cell towers for
hard to reach areas. Telkom would lease the infrastructure the same way you
can lease masts from other infrastructure providers.

Since it is a floating tower for underserved areas, the business case
becomes difficult to justify because there is no critical mass in those
areas to cover the value chain. And that is why subsidies are important in
ensuring the marginalized still enjoy some semblance of internet access
like the more privileged citizens in more urban areas.
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On Fri, 22 Jan 2021 at 10:22, David Indeje via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Alphabet’s Internet Loon Project is Shutting Down, Blow to Telkom Kenya.
>
> **Loon launched a pilot project in Kenya in 2020
>
> 1. medium.com/loon-for-all/loon-draft-c3fcebc11f3f
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> *Kind Regards,*
>
> *David Indeje *
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