Kenya’s solar-powered internet service provider, Mawingu Networks receives US$4million from OPIC


The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s finance institution, is investing in Kenya’s Mawingu Networks in a reported US$4 million deal.

The move is to help Mawingu, which means ‘cloud’ in Swahili, connect millions of Kenyans to the internet for the first time, and to further expand its use of TV White Spaces technology for off-the-grid internet connectivity.

Mawingu Networks is a solar-powered internet service provider whose aim is to provide last-mile connectivity access to areas that cannot access the internet.

Already, Mawingu Networks has the backing of Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, USAID, Jim Forster, an angel investor and Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.
Source: TechLoy 27 July 2015