Facebook launches 600 Wi-fi hotspots in Kenya

Surf Kenya has so far rolled out the Express Wi-Fi service in Eldoret, Naivasha, Nakuru, Mtwapa, Kisumu and Mombasa in addition to Nairobi.

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Facebook has launched 600 Wi-fi hotspots in various towns across Kenya as it seeks to continue offering high-speed and quality internet at affordable prices.

Surf Kenya, Facebook’s local partner, says it has so far rolled out the Express Wi-Fi service in Eldoret, Naivasha, Nakuru, Mtwapa, Kisumu and Mombasa in addition to Nairobi. There are plans to set up more hotspots in Western, Coastal and Central Kenya towns in the near future.

Facebook’s daily Internet bundles cost Sh10 for 40 megabyte (Mb) and Sh20 for 100 Mb, while weekly Express Wi-Fi bundles cost Sh50 for 300mb and Sh100 for 500mb, making it one of the cheapest Internet services in the market.

“Our success in the market to date is that we are offering a high speed, high quality Internet hotspot service at a very affordable rate to consumers — particularly in public areas near where they work and go for entertainment. Additionally, our local retailer partners who host and sell our service have made it easy to get the news out to our customer base that we are available in their locations,” said Surf Kenya managing director Mark Summer.

Surf and Facebook officially launched Express Wi-Fi in the country in March this year. The initiative was born from the mutual belief of both organizations that access to internet should be available and affordable for everyone.

The Wi-Fi hotspots are currently focused in areas where people gather for work, transit or entertainment such as markets, matatu stages and chill spots.

The hotspots are generally hosted by small businesses, such as restaurants or mobile money services agents, who then sell the data bundles to their clients.

Surf Kenya says that it has plans to set up more hotspots in Western, Coastal and Central Kenya towns in the near future.

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