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Mawingu Networks Story; Connecting the Unconnected

Mawingu Network Story; Connecting the Unconnected

Mawingu Networks Ltd is a registered Kenyan company that is offering nomadic Mawingu Networks WiFi through hot spots using low-cost wireless technologies.

It was in 2013 when Microsoft 4Afrika first brought TV white spaces technology to Africa. The technology was not new, but it was the first time it was going to be used on a large scale in Africa – connecting many unconnected communities to the internet for the first time.

The first pilot – known as Project Mawingu Networks WiFi – was in Nanyuki, Kenya, a market town nearly 200km away from the nation’s capital.

At the time, only 17% of adults and 9% of teenagers in the area were accessing the internet, primarily through their mobile phones or local cyber cafés. On average, these people were spending 19% of their weekly household income on internet access.

Fast forward a few years, and today Mawingu connects over 26 schools, the Laikipia County Government Office, Laikipia Public Library, Red Cross, and the Burguret Dispensary Healthcare Clinic.

With TV white spaces, people are now able to access the internet for less than 5% of the average household income.

How Mawingu Network are Changing lives

Access to this internet has made an enormous impact on many lives. Students at Gakawa Secondary School have improved their scores on every subject in the Kenya National Exam.

Mawingu Networks, a local start-up using the technology to provide internet packs, have expanded their service from 15 to 650 Mawingu Networks WiFi hotspots, with 11,000 active users.

They also received a $4.1 million loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation to expand to more rural communities.

Benson Maina opened his own Mawingu container, equipped with laptops powered by solar panels. Here, children seeking education, farmers looking for information, and entrepreneurs trying to earn a living can all access the internet.

Chris Baraka, one such entrepreneur, rented a house near Benson’s container and offered freelance writing services online, earning up to $200 a month. He now teaches unemployed youth how to make money from the internet.

“Having access to Internet and technology is life-changing – and it’s the way to alleviate poverty,” says Benson. “People in the area have started having incomes as a result of information obtained from the Internet. In a few years, this area will be different from the rest of the country. We will be icons for what’s to come.”

Mawingu WiFi Prices In Kenya

Mawingu Networks Story; Connecting the Unconnected

Mawingu Networks WiFi Hotspot Packages

Mawingu Network connects homes and businesses using a proprietary network of towers and fiber lines. They also create public wifi hotspots in hundreds of communities where customers can log in with pay-as-you-go accounts.

Furthermore, we create tailor-made digital products, IoT, and cloud solutions, developed by an in-house software team working in conjunction with Microsoft. They employ several hundred people and have served more than 180,000 customers.

Mawingu Network Owners

Mawingu has attracted a string of international investors and supporters. Microsoft put in the first corporate money as a shareholder and publicly champions the company.

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO, traveled to northern Kenya for the global launch of Windows 10 and used Mawingu’s network to start the roll-out of Microsoft’s flagship operating system worldwide.

Barack Obama has publicly lauded Mawingu for “providing low-cost broadband” at scale. They have been a for-profit business since 2014 and continue to expand rapidly.

 How To Pay Mawingu Network Via Bank

Equity Bank

  1. Bank Name: Equity Bank Limited
  2. Account Name: Mawingu Networks Limited
  3. Bank Branch: Nanyuki
  4. Account No: 0270262240927
  5. USD Account: 0270262241065
  6. Swift Code: EQBLKENA

Stan-Chart

  1. Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
  2. Account Name: Mawingu Networks Limited
  3. Bank Branch: Nanyuki
  4. Account No: 0102437927000

How To Pay Mawingu Network Via M-PESA

  1. Go to Mpesa menu
  2. Select Lipa na M-PESA
  3. Select Pay Bill
  4. Enter Business no. 579950
  5. Enter your Account number
  6. Enter amount
  7. Enter M-PESA pin and Confirm
  8. You will receive an SMS confirmation from MPESA

Disclimer

  • The remmitter should bear all bank charges
  • When using EFT, indicate reference as Customer Number

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