Microsoft Launches Low Cost Internet in Kenya

Residents of Nanyuki, Kenya, have a reason to smile after Microsoft launched a project to provide low-cost Internet connectivity in the region. Nanyuki, a market town in Laikipia County, is the first beneficiary of the low-cost Internet program, which is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, and is aimed at providing services to the continent’s under served areas in order to enhance their global competitiveness.


Microsoft announced that the project was deployed in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Information and technology and Indigo Telecoms Limited, a local Internet service provider. The project dubbed ‘Mawingu’, Swahili for cloud, is expected to open up opportunities for health care, commerce, education as well as delivery of government services across Kenya.


At present, 15 wireless hotspots have been launched in Nanyuki and the surrounding areas. They include; Male Primary School, Gakwa Secondary School, Male Secondary School, Burguret Dispensary, Laikipia District Community Library And Matanya Shopping Center.

How The Microsoft Free Internet Project In Kenya Works

The Microsoft research team found it possible to relay the Internet through utilizing white spaces, which are unused portions of the wireless spectrum in the frequency bands that are used in broadcasting television signals. The whole process is powered by solar systems, which make it possible to deliver Internet, even to areas that do not have electricity. Nanyuki is the pilot project and Microsoft expects to roll out the technology to other regions.


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