Three years ago, poa! Internet launched low cost, high speed internet services targeting slum dwellers.
The firm, poa! Internet has now expanded to unlimited home Internet service for Kenyan villagers, a first for Kenya.
Poa internet was launched in August 2015 and has so far garnered a total of 21,000 subscribers cutting across Kenya’s slums as well as villages.
The firm now has launched Kenya’s first village home Internet service, offering unlimited Wi-Fi into homes in a 48 sq km area around Ting’ang’a in Kiambu County.
To install, a potential subscriber pays Sh3500 then pay a monthly subscription fee of Sh 1500 per month.
“African internet has for too long been dominated by the challenge of a digital divide, with the rich and urban longsince fully connected, but low-income and rural Kenyans hidebound by a lack of internet infrastructure and poor access to affordable services” said Andy Halsall, poa!’s CEO.
However, poa! is now moving to the second stage of its connectivity strategy, connecting rural villages to unlimited Internet, following from its successful launch of affordable internet services in low-income areas of Kibera, Kawangware, Jamhuri and Kabiria. In Nirobi, which have already connected thousands of slum dwellers.
“Our mission has always been to develop the technology and infrastructure to connect the unconnected, intitially in Nairobi’s slums, and now across the country’s villages,” said Chris Rhodes, poa!’s COO.
“Until now, many rural Kenyans literally had no alternative. Many people cannot even get a 4G signal where they live, as it isn’t financially practical for mobile operators to provide the 4G infrastructure in rural areas. Yet, from Ting’ang’a, we will be expanding rapidly across Kiambu County and then into other counties with an Internet offer that could bring many thousands of rural Kenyans online,” said Andy.
poa! internet is an Internet Service Provider that develops and delivers unlimited, affordable Internet to low-income communities in Nairobi and Kiambu counties in Kenya, with the aim of contributing to local, social and economic growth. As one of Kenya’s fastest growing ISPs, poa! internet currently operates in Kibera, Kawangware, Jamhuri and Kabiria in Nairobi, and now in areas of Kiambu and Ting’ang’a.