Poa Internet eyes more satellite towns in Nairobi

Low income households-focused internet service provider Poa Internet is expanding internet services to four more satellite towns of Nairobi as it seeks to grow its customer base.

The firm will be connecting areas such as Ruaka, Utawala, Kikuyu and Banana with 4 Mbps. The internet, which will have no usage cap, will cost Sh1,500 monthly.

 The expansion comes after the company last month extended its services in Ongata Rongai and Ngong.

 “After our successful new area launches in Ngong, Rongai, Umoja, Donholm and Jogoo Road, we are now building our networks in Utawala, Ruaka, Banana and Kikuyu,” the firm said on its social media page.

 Demand for the internet has been growing exponentially especially in the low and middle income areas with low penetration of fiber connectivity, creating a huge opportunity for startups to fill up.

   Only in December last year, the company expanded its services to Donholm as well as Umoja areas.

 Already, the firm provides internet services in areas such as Githurai 44 and 45, Huruma, Kawangware, Kasarani, Uthiru, Zimmerman, among others.

 In January, the firm raised $28 million (Sh3.1 billion) from Africa50, a financing vehicle backed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and African countries for expansions.

 Latest funding now raises its total fundraising raised so far to $36 million (Sh4 billion).

 The internet company in 2020, participated in the Africa50’s innovation challenge that was looking for cheap and reliable solutions for last-mile internet connectivity across the continent.

 The firm’s proposal emerged the best, beating 673 participants across the world and securing investment as well as cash prize.

 “We are focused on Kenya at the moment, but the problem we’re solving is continent-wide,” Poa’s co-founder and chief executive officer Andy Halsall told told TechCrunch, an American online newspaper focusing on technology and startups.

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