TechInAfrica – poa! Internet has announced that Kenya’s largest public Wi-Fi network is completed. With over 3,000 hotspots in Nairobi and Kiambu counties, its subscribers will be able to experience seamless home broadband and street Wi-Fi.
Poa! provides affordable and free public Wi-Fi to all of its broadband subscribers and connect them to the internet through the hotspots across its networks in rural communities around Nairobi such as Kibera, Jamhuri, Kawangware, Kangemi, Kabiria, Waithaka, Racecourse, Kinoo, Dagoretti, Kikuyu, Kiambu, Ting’ang’a, Kirigiti, Ndumberi, and Githunguri.
Andy Halsall, poa! Internet’s CEO, said: “UKO POA saves consumers at least half the cost of buying internet and ends the tradition of counting MBs. They can stream or download files as large as they like, opening up the Internet to far richer use at a far lower cost.”
The project is undergone by poa! Internet in partnership with a global Wi-Fi solutions provider, Fon. As a global Wi-Fi network, Fon pioneered residential Wi-Fi sharing more than ten years ago. Through the partnership, both entities have built the world’s largest Wi-Fi communities with more than 21 million hotspots.
“We realized that if we were truly going to deliver a step-change in access to the Internet in Kenya, we needed to innovate and build new business models around next-generation technology,” said Halsall.
Commented about the partnership with Fon, Andy remarked: “Fon developed the Wi-Fi sharing model that now dominates the Internet landscape in the West. Wi-Fi sharing access points provide Internet in homes and on the streets of many developed nations, and we are proud to bring this technology to East Africa.”
Andy concluded, “High-speed home broadband with free access to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots, and low-cost unlimited internet access on the street for those who can’t afford a home connection is transformational in bringing affordable internet to all Kenyans.”