- While Kenya has among the fastest internet speed in East Africa, it is trailing its peers in terms of pricing.
- Safaricom is commanding a market share of 35.6 per cent followed by Zuku-owned Wananchi at 25.5 per cent.
Mawingu, a Kenyan-based internet service provider is targeting counties in its expansion drive after netting $9 million (Sh1.23 billion) in funding.
The firm currently operates in more than 15 counties in Kenya with a customer base of 7,500. It plans to double its customer base to 14,000.
"Our strategy is to stay rural in counties like Wajir, Marsabit and Voi. This is driven by demand for cheap and quality internet,'' Mawingu CEO Farouk Ramj said in a statement.
He said the firm's goal is to be in 40 counties and also ensure that rural Kenyans have a last mile internet connectivity
Mawingu's expansion plan is pilling pressure on market leaders in the country as the internet becomes a necessity.
Latest data from the Communications Authority (CA) shows that Safaricom is commanding a market share of 35.6 per cent followed by Zuku-owned Wananchi at 25.5 per cent.
Jamii Telecommunications comes in third with 18.9 per cent, followed by Poa Internet (9.1 per cent).
Internet providers in the country are heavily investing in their expansion drive to connect homes due to increased demand from Internet learning, working from home, and online streaming services such as Netflix.
While big boys are leveraging their infrastructure to connect more customers, Mawingu is countering them on price, selling 10mbps for less than Sh2,000 compared to Sh2,900 and Sh3,000 charged by Zuku and Safaricom per month respectively.
While Kenya has among the fastest internet speed in East Africa, it is trailing its peers in terms of pricing.
A report by the technology think tank, Research ICT Africa reveals that Tanzania charges the lowest in East Africa at Sh218, followed by Rwanda at Sh220, Kenya at Sh244, Uganda at Sh273 and Burundi Sh302.
The countries rank fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh respectively in Africa with Egypt, which charges Sh121, leading the park.
Even so, Kenya has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world, ranking position 23 out of 108 nations surveyed.
It has an average speed of 15 megabytes per second (mbps), higher than Israel at 14.4Mbps, Qatar 11.9Mbps, South Africa recorded 6.6 mbps, Morocco 5.2 mbps, and Nigeria 4.1 mbps.
South Korea has the highest average connection speed globally at 26.1 Mbps.