“The Project Loon team is still negotiating contracts, and once we reach it, we hope to cover almost the entire country,” he said.
Project Loon confirmed that it is negotiating with local Kenyan operators but did not disclose details.
“We have been discussing with governments and telecommunications companies around the world,” a spokesperson said.
Kenya has more than 45 million people, and major cities and towns are covered by a network of operators, but the vast rural areas of Kenya are not covered.
“Project Loon is another technology being introduced that operators who want to be licensed can use it,” Mucher said. He said that this will help the government achieve the goal of connecting everyone to the network.
"Network connectivity is critical. If you can't get online, then you will fall behind," he said.