Loon is the Alphabet company that uses high-altitude balloons to provide internet connectivity in remote areas. Over the past decade Loon balloons have logged over one million hours of flight time.
Loon is currently partnering with Internet Para Todos Peru to bring internet connectivity to 200,000 people in the remote Loreto region of the country. Loon has extensive experience with partners in Peru: initial testing began, in 2014, Loon provided emergency services during severe flooding in 2017, and again provided services following a 2019 earthquake.
Based on the population soon to be served in Loreto, there are likely several hundred schools in the region that will be accessing internet services for the first time.
Peru represents the second country, following Kenya, in which Loon is partnering with mobile operators to extend connectivity.