Loon balloons come to an end, alphabet closes project that takes internet to remote areas

Alphabet announced that it is closing Loon, the initiative to bring the internet with floating balloons to remote areas.

Since Loon started in 2013 with Google, it has continued to advance its goal of bringing the internet to communities in remote areas and rural areas. A goal that remained alphabet's independent company since 2018. And now, in 2021, it's coming to an end.

Loon, Google's project to bring the internet, is closing

Until a few months ago, we were talking about the new AI-based navigation system that was being implemented in Loon balloons for less expensive and more effective navigation. And that was just one of Loon's great advances, which managed to reach several milestones and records. So nothing augured that this project will end in 2021.

However, the Alphabet has decided to close Loon, as he has not found a business model that is sustainable in the long run. As you reported today, they will begin to liquidate trades over the coming months.

[...] the road to commercial viability has proved much longer and risky than expected. So we made the difficult decision to close Loon. [...] A small group of Loon's team will stay to ensure that Loon's operations are terminated smoothly and safely; this includes the interruption of Loon's pilot service in Kenya

Remember that in July 2020, Loon began its first commercial service in Kenya, so they will have to deal with those operations before final closure. And as mentioned in TC, Loon's service in Kenya will end in March, marking the end of Loon.

They have also announced that they will keep employees who were part of Loon, as they will become part of other working groups within Google and Alphabet. On the other hand, Alphabet makes it clear that he will remain committed to the goal they pursued with Loon, especially to help those affected by the loss of this service n Kenya.

And as part of this commitment, you will dedicate a $10 million fund to support organizations that are focused on these issues. And of course, they will also use all the technology applied to Loon, as well as everything learned, to support other projects.

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