Internet access helps businesses grow and strengthens local economies. In Africa, only half the population is connected to the internet. The most widely available form of internet connection is mobile data, which is expensive.
Businesses are using innovative technology to bring communities low-cost internet access. In East Africa, poa! Internet provides low-cost internet to individuals and small businesses in low-income neighbourhoods.
The company’s innovative use of wi-fi technology lets it offer an unlimited data broadband service at substantially lower prices than leading cellular operators, and provide connectivity in places other technologies like fibre networks can’t reach or are uneconomical. For example, poa! operates in Kibera, the continent’s largest urban slum.
We invest in poa! Internet through Novastar Ventures, a Nairobi-based venture capital firm.