A low-cost internet service provider has registered over 1,500 new home internet connections in Africa’s largest slum of Kibera.
The internet service provider, Poa, has introduced a new package which will benefit residents living in the Kibera slum.
Poa’s CEO Andy Halsall said previously the residents were subscribed to their Sh10 an hour and Sh50 a day public Wi-Fi.
Mr Halsall said the company has now introduced a new monthly package that will require the residents to pay Sh1,500 a month for the wireless home internet service.
With the new package, Mr Halsall said Kibera residents will now be able to connect up to five devices to their home Wi-Fi router at any time.
“Getting Kibera residents online with our unlimited wireless home connection service represents a major break-through in ending Africa’s digital divide between the rich and urban connected, and the poor and rural unconnected,” said the CEO.
He said the company seeks to bridge the gap between the connected and the millions of unconnected users in the low-income areas of Kenya.
“We are committed to extending Internet connections to more low-income towns, and especially into people’s homes, where using the Internet has become an essential necessity. Our aim is to enhance Kenyans’ lives by providing affordable access to Internet for digital entertainment, job opportunities for the youth, and accessing entrepreneurial and educational resources,” Mr Halsall said.
After subscribing to the service, Poa home customers are provided with their own private Wi-Fi router, allowing any family member in the home to access the Internet without paying for multiple accounts.