Mawingu, a rural internet service provider (ISP) in Kenya, is expanding its internet coverage to an additional 25 counties. The expansion comes after the company raised Sh1.12 billion in funding from international investors in February.
With this expansion, Mawingu will now have a countrywide base of 47 devolved units, up from the current 22. The company says that the expansion is part of its mid-term growth strategy to provide affordable internet to more Kenyans.
In the past four months, Mawingu has connected towns that have previously been neglected by big players in counties such as Kilifi, Kwale, Uasin Gishu, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisii, and Migori. The company has also connected an additional 2,000 homes and businesses across 7 new counties.
Mawingu’s CEO, Farouk Ramji, said that the company’s customers consume an average of 8GB of data daily. This means that Mawingu customers can save a significant amount of money on their internet bills compared to traditional 4G networks.
“Our customers get to access unlimited meaningful Internet for only KSh 2,500 monthly,” said Ramji. “This is a fraction of what they would pay for a similar service from other providers.”
Mawingu is a rural ISP founded in 2012 below the foothills of Mount Kenya in Nanyuki. The company has connected more than 9,500 homes and businesses, as well as 300,000 hotspot users across the country.
Mawingu’s expansion is a welcome development for rural Kenyans who have been underserved by the internet. The company’s affordable prices and reliable service make it a viable option for those who live in areas where traditional providers do not offer service.