Tag: mobile wifi

Kenya’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the last mile to the internet

Broadband, Internet
July 9, 2014 Nairobi, Kenya Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world. Invested Development, an early stage impact investor, led the round for the Nairobi-based technology startup. Invested Development, Omvestments, Urban.us, Cheryl Heller and Gary Scheft of CommonWise LLC, Synergy Growth, and other investors were attracted to this opportunity because of the cross-sector impact it will have in Africa and beyond. World Bank data shows that for every 10% increase in broadband penetration there can be as much as 1.4% GDP growth. Currently, only 24% of people in the developing world are connected to t...

Safaricom Launches Free Matatu Hotspots

Broadband
Safaricom has partnered with PSV operators in an initiative that will see passengers access free internet in more than 200 matatu’s and buses by September this year. A total of 46 PSV vehicles plying the Buruburu, Langata, Rongai, Umoja, Githurai, Dandora, Kiambu and Kenyatta University routes have already been fitted with subsidised Wi-Fi routers in the Kshs.7 million initiative which is part of the Telco’s on-going effort to grow its data footprint. More