Wananchi Group, in collaboration with Google and wireless data service management company Aptilo Networks, has launched Wazi Wi-Fi, a high-speed wireless broadband network in Nairobi, Kenya. Wananchi Group is a provider of cable and Internet services in Eastern Africa, passing 40,000 Kenyan homes.
The Wi-Fi network already delivers high-speed Internet access at Nairobi’s Junction Shopping Mall area. The service is free for the first ten minutes of use per day on each device. Users can then purchase a daily or monthly pass.
“We are having discussions with local businesses to explore expansion plans. We see big opportunities in using Wi-Fi technology for mobile data offloading and providing high speed unmetered access away from home," said Wananchi Group CEO Richard Bell, in a statement.
Wazi Wi-Fi uses the Aptilo Service Management Platform for service management and policy control.??
“Capabilities for gathering statistics and reporting are key components of the Aptilo solution for Wazi Wi-Fi as they will allow Wananchi and Google to monitor use and tailor service delivery to meet the needs of users,” said Zakaria Bennani, director sales/Europe & Africa, Aptilo Networks.
“Wazi Wi-Fi is part of our broader goal in Africa; to get more users online, to reduce Internet access barriers and to help develop a vibrant Internet environment,” said Euan Guttridge, technical program manager/Emerging Markets, Google Sub Saharan Africa.