The Kenyan government has asked its citizens to work from home where possible to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Kenya has 28 confirmed coronavirus cases and three deaths.
With an increased reliance on remote work and the need for wider online access, Kenya has given Google parent Alphabet the green light to launch its internet-emitting high-altitude balloons, according to ITWebAfrica.
The goal is to provide internet access to remote and underserved areas in the country.
Loon is a company owned by Google-parent Alphabet that provides internet access via helium-powered balloons.
Ground stations in internet-enabled areas beam an internet signal to high-altitude balloons capable of providing a connection to distant areas that do not have internet coverage.
The project had stalled for more than a year at the final approval stage but the coronavirus outbreak has been the catalyst for the Kenyan government to expedite approval, according to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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