Mawingu Networks Ltd

Mawingu (which means cloud in Swahili) is an award-winning Kenya based company that connects rural and unconnected communities in Africa, to the Internet. Using high-performance low-cost wireless technology and solar power, Mawingu’s vision is to connect Africa with affordable, reliable Wi-Fi, bridging the digital divide and creating opportunities for all

Mawingu’s unique application of open technologies enables a world-class scalable network, with open and secure roaming in a highly challenging geographical environment.

  • Affordable Internet
  • Award Winning Technicians
  • Reliable Connectivity
  • Top Notch Customer service
  • Boosts Economic Growth

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Founded in 2013, Mawingu started off as a TVWS pilot project for Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative to improve global competitiveness and digital inclusion in Africa. The pilot which connected schools, hospitals, libraries and the red cross was deemed a success and Mawingu gained additional funding from Angel Investor Jim Forster, Paul G Allen’s Vulcun Inc and OPIC, in order to expand. As Mawingu scales, it builds relationships with small shop owners (otherwise known as Merchants) who in their hundreds, make the low-cost Internet bundles available to purchase across Nyeri, Laikipia and Meru Counties.
Mawingu has two business lines, one that provides WiFi access to consumers via public hotspots and a second that provides broadband quality private WiFi access to homes and businesses in rural Kenya. With Internet access costing as little as Ksh 50/- or $0.50 for 300 MB, Mawingu provides an affordable service available to consumers who are low-income earners, empowering local communities in Kenya, like never before. Consumers within a signal range of a hotspot (WiFi zones), can purchase various bundles on their Internet enabled devices, which are mainly mobile phones. All bundles are valid for up to 90 days.
2017 Award for Increasing Digital Inclusion – Dynamic Spectrum Alliance 2017 Global Summit.