- The 4G smart box will retail at Sh5,500 from a previous price of Sh7,499.
- Pocket Wi-Fi will retail at Sh2,500 from Sh4,499.
Kenya’s telco Airtel Kenya has launched internet broadband devices for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs) and homes in small towns and remote areas that do not have access to Faiba network.
Dubbed 'Internet Mashinani', the initiative comprises two devices; a 4G smart box and the 4G pocket Wi-Fi.
Speaking during the launch, Airtel Kenya’s managing director Ashish Malhotra said the telco seeks to provide fast-speed internet connectivity with affordable data packages for homes, SME’s and communities in remote areas.
“We are committed to enhancing universal broadband access through continuous investments in our 4G network," Malhotra said.
"Today as we launch Internet Mashinani, we seek to provide affordable home broadband devices and data packages, through the use of 4G technologies to provide quality broadband access to the users.”
He said targeted users will enjoy cheaper prices for the data packages, which are lower than existing products in the market.
The 4G smart box will retail at Sh5,500 from a previous price of Sh7,499 included with a 10GB free data top-up.
Pocket Wi-Fi will retail at Sh2,500 from Sh4,499 with an additional five GB free data top-up.
“This is in line with Airtel’s strategy of increasing accessibility to communication services and the internet through affordable services to all Kenyans,” the telco says in part.
Foreseeing the launch of the new programme was the ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo.
He noted that the move is in line with the new government's plan to digitally transform the nation by enforcing inclusivity.
The CS said such products will ensure internet access by remote-based businesses, communities and homes is faster, effective, and convenient.
This will enable them to keep up with the pace of digital transformation.
"It will ensure that no one is left behind in the drive towards economic recovery and development through technology,” Owalo said.
The 4G smart box router enables wireless and Local Area Network (LAN) connections, connecting up to 32 devices.
The portable pocket Wi-Fi will allow for wireless internet connectivity to 10 devices.