Liquid Telecom Kenya launches app mapping free Wi-Fi hotspots

Liquid Telecom Kenya launches app mapping free Wi-Fi hotspots

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People Using Wi-Fi in a matatu. Telecom Kenya has launched an app mapping the more than 350 free Wi-Fi hotspots it has installed so far across the country. PHOTO/COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched an app mapping the more than 350 free Wi-Fi hotspots it has installed so far across the country.

The Liquid Telecom Wi-Fi Finderapp helps people find the free Wi-Fi zones, which are helping to open affordable access to t Internet.

The app shows the location of the free Wi-Fi as well as the address and contact details for each hotspot.

Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO and Liquid Telecom Group Chief Technical Officer Ben Roberts on Tuesday said the company now has free hotspots in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Kajiado, and Nyeri, with more commissioned and due to open.

‘Our commitment to offering universal Internet access in Africa is key to the group’s business strategy. We have so far installed over 350 hotspots in Kenya, many of them in partnership with leading retailers, cafes, restaurants, bars, banks and shopping malls,’ said Roberts.

Liquid Telecom Kenya is aiming to achieve a five-fold expansion in public Wi-Fi over the next year, which will help to expand Internet access from the current 74.2 per cent of Kenyans who currently have access, according to Communications Authority of Kenya figures.

‘As more and more people are getting online with mobile devices, but cannot afford either fixed line connections at home, or only very limited mobile data packages, free Wi-Fi is becoming more and more popular as an alternative,’ concluded Roberts.

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