Mawingu connects Taveta town to affordable internet, as ISP expands coverage to 26 counties

Internet service provider, Mawingu, has announced the expansion of its network to Taveta Town in Taita Taveta County to provide affordable internet and unlock opportunities for households and businesses.

This brings the number of counties to 26 that the firm has so far connected across the country.

In its initial progress update for 2024, Mawingu’s CEO, Farouk Ramji, says: “Our expansion into Taveta Town marks another milestone met towards our long-term vision of making meaningful connectivity accessible to more Kenyans. The digital economy in the country is rapidly expanding and we want to support more Kenyans to tap into the knowledge and connections that it provides.”

Already operational in 26 counties and with more than 15,000 active customers, Mawingu remains committed to connecting towns and urban centres which have not been well served and generally neglected by other providers.

Ramji adds: “We aim to continue providing connectivity access to these areas, which have traditionally not been given primary priority due to the high capital cost and logistical complexities involved in ensuring a stable, reliable, and affordable service. This is in line with our long-term vision of offering meaningful Internet connectivity, at very competitive price points comparative to other service providers, by building sustainable, flexible infrastructure in underserved regions.”

Apart from Mawingu customers getting to access meaningful Internet, the firm is testing fibre in some existing markets, as it seeks to further improve Internet quality in the coming months.

Ramji further adds: “Mawingu’s aim is not to simply drop an Internet cable at someone’s doorstep. We seek to help our customers access new opportunities for work, education, entertainment, and social connections through the power of the Internet. Our company’s mission is driven by this very purpose: Open Opportunities.

Mawingu seeks to combine wireless and fibre technology, as well as solar power, to distribute low-cost, affordable, and reliable Internet to its customers.

Ramji concludes: “Mawingu remains committed to going the extra mile to truly meet our customers at their connectivity point of need. To this end, we are firmly focused on expediting our mid-term growth strategy of expanding our connectivity to additional counties across Kenya this year.”

Mawingu is a rural ISP founded in 2012 below the foothills of Mount Kenya in Nanyuki, offering meaningful Internet connectivity by building sustainable, flexible infrastructure in underserved regions. Mawingu has connected over 15,000 homes and businesses, as well as over 300,000 hotspot users across the country. Currently operating in 26 counties, Mawingu is now the largest ISP in Kenya catering solely towards the rural and peri-urban markets in the country.

Offering a series of shared Internet packages for homes and small businesses, as well as dedicated connections and services for large enterprises, Mawingu seeks to democratise access to knowledge, commerce, entertainment, and social connections for all.

Mawingu’s ability to deliver Internet into rural areas is primarily driven by its use of wireless, fibre, and smart green-energy technology, making it possible to adapt to the changing terrain demands and market conditions.

Mawingu has a network transmission fabric comprised of 75 towers (base stations), which are backhauled directly to dedicated fibre trunks and/or high-capacity microwave links with diversity and high levels of redundancy built into the architecture. Cumulatively, Mawingu has 158 base stations on its network.

Mawingu is now ready to expand its outreach by opening opportunities for millions of homes across the African continent.


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