Kenya: ISP Mawingu kicks off network extension to 25 new counties


(Ecofin Agency) – The Kenyan Internet market is dominated by mobile network operators such as Safaricom. Internet service providers (ISPs) are stepping up investments to gain a larger market share and take advantage of the growing demand for connectivity. 

Kenyan ISP. Mawingu Networks Ltd is looking to improve its network coverage to better meet the growing demand for high-speed Internet connectivity in the country, particularly in rural areas. To this end, the company has launched a project to extend its network to 25 counties.

The extension works are launched around three months after the ISP raised $9 million from investors InfraCo Africa, E3 Capital, and FMO to finance the project. In addition, the company recently signed a partnership agreement with US technology company Microsoft to bring broadband connectivity to 16 million people in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda by 2025.

The extension of Mawingu’s network in Kenya is expected to help bridge the country’s digital divide. According to statistics from the Communications Authority (CA), the country has 47.7 million mobile data and 809,197 fixed-line data subscribers. Mawingu currently controls 1.8% of the fixed Internet market, with around 15,000 subscribers.

“Providing connectivity access to these areas which other providers do not give primary priority due to the high capital cost and logistical complexities involved in ensuring a stable, reliable and affordable service, is in line with our long-term vision of offering meaningful Internet connectivity, at very competitive price points comparative to other service providers, by building sustainable, flexible infrastructure in underserved regions,” explained Farouk Ramji, Mawingu’s CEO.

Isaac K. Kassouwi


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