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USTDA and Poa Internet partner to expand Internet access in Africa

USTDA and Poa Internet partner to expand Internet access in Africa

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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Nairobi-based Internet service provider Poa Internet Kenya for a feasibility study to help expand affordable Internet connectivity to one million households in low-income urban areas outside of Kenya. 

The grant agreement was signed in a ceremony held at the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

“Poa Internet’s use of fixed wireless technology is particularly well suited to urban areas. It is also a segment in which US companies are particularly competitive,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Our partnership will help increase access to affordable Internet and contribute to the vibrant economy of Africa’s cities.”

The USTDA-funded study will include a market assessment of 14 African countries and recommend three target markets for Poa Internet’s expansion outside of Kenya. The study will then provide a detailed market analysis for these markets, including a supply and demand assessment, regulatory and legal analysis, an environmental and social impact assessment and go-to-market recommendations.

Andy Halsall, CEO, Poa Internet, added: “We are delighted to form this partnership with USTDA as we continue with our journey to bring affordable Internet access to Africa. This grant from USTDA will support our geographic expansion and goals of advancing inclusive, secure and sustainable connectivity to lower-income urban communities.”

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