Loon a subsidiary of Alphabet, the parent company of Google and IpT Peru- an open access wholesale rural mobile infrastructure operator owned by Telefonica, Facebook, IBD invest and CAF have signed a deal and reached an agreement to use high-altitude balloons to expand mobile internet access to parts of the Peruvian Amazonia. Loon confirmed in its blog post today.
Internet para Todos(IpT) Peru, launched in May 2019, is a neutral-host Rural mobile infrastructure operator in Peru focused on offering mobile internet connectivity in rural areas to any mobile network operator(MNO) willing to use its service on wholesale basis. It aims to help bridge the divide bringing mobile internet to remote populations where conventional telecom infrastructure deployment is not yet economically feasible.
Teresa Gomes, CEO of Internet para Todos Peru, said, “IpT was born with the purpose of connecting millions of Latin Americans, including 6 million Peruvians without adequate access to mobile internet. This challenge involves reaching difficult access areas with innovative and sustainable technologies that allow us to overcome geographical, technological and economic complexities. Thanks to this agreement with Loon, we will extend the mobile internet access to more Peruvians with disruptive technology.”
Loon and IpT aim to provide service to Telefonica customers in Peru in 2020. Telefonica is one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world. Founded in 1924, almost 95 years ago this company came to Peru 25 years ago, since its arrival in Peru it operates under Movistar brand, a subsidiary of Telefonica itself. Telefonica is committed to the transformation and digital inclusion of Peru.
Loons mission is to connect people everywhere by inventing and integrating audacious technologies. By leveraging these advanced technologies, Loon is making it possible to expand internet access to the billions who currently lack it.
Loon and IpT will work together to serve parts of the Loreto Region (Peruvian Amazonia), one of the largest and most remote regions in the country, providing Telefonica customers with mobile coverage. Loon and IpT aims to provide service in certain locations that makeup around 15% of Loreto’s area and where 200,000 people live.
About a quarter of them lack 3G or better service, and many others lack any reliable mobile service at all outside of populated areas. The deployment of Loon in Peru will make it the first country in Latin America to use this innovative connectivity solution on a sustained, non-emergency basis.