NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Affordable internet service provider Poa Internet has received funding from an American organization to expand its services in Africa.
The US Trade and Development Agency grant will be used to research the feasibility of providing one million households in low-income urban areas outside of Kenya.
“Poa Internet’s use of wireless technology is particularly suitable for urban areas. It is also an area where US companies are particularly competitive,” said USTDA Director Enoh T. Ebong on the sidelines of the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
“Our partnership will help increase access to affordable internet and contribute to the vibrant economy of African cities.”
The study sponsored by USTDA will include a market assessment of 14 African countries and recommend three target markets for the expansion of Poa Internet outside of Kenya.
The study will then provide a detailed market analysis of these markets, including supply and demand analysis, regulatory and legal analysis, environmental and social impact assessment, and go-to-market recommendations.
“Poa Internet has been helping to bring affordable unlimited broadband access to low-income urban communities across Kenya,” said Andy Halsall, CEO of Poa Internet.
“We are delighted to form this partnership with USTDA as we continue our journey to bring affordable internet access to Africa. This grant from USTDA will support our expansion of facilities and goals to advance inclusive, secure and sustainable connectivity in low-income urban communities.”
Since 1992, USTDA has supported more than 100 information and communication technology projects in nearly 40 African countries.
This project supports Access Africa, USTDA’s initiative to support the development of inclusive, secure, and sustainable ICT infrastructure across Africa, and the US government’s Prosper Africa program to significantly increase two-way trade and investment between the US and Africa.
Hosted by President Biden, the US-Africa Leaders Summit highlights how the United States and African countries are strengthening relationships to advance shared priorities.