Alphabet’s Loon gets partner in AT&T to extend global coverage

Alphabet-owned Loon will be able to respond more quickly and effectively to disasters worldwide thanks to a new partnership with AT&T.

Under the deal, Loon has integrated its system with AT&T’s network, which happens to be pretty big since it has roaming partners around the world. That means where Loon wants to enter a market on short notice, it will be able to provide service to a third-party mobile operator, assuming they have a standard international roaming agreement with AT&T…

In fact, Loon has come around to thinking more about disaster preparedness rather than a disaster response. For example, with a strong hurricane season expected in the Caribbean, it’s working to strategically install ground stations in the region so it can reach more countries when the time comes.