Econet launches pan-African Wi-Fi marketplace
Econet, through its subsidiaries Liquid Telecom Group (LTG) and Cassava Fintech International (CFI) has launched a network of #SasaiWiFiFinder hotspots in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda, to provide locals with affordable internet access.
According to a statement released by the telecommunications services provider this partnership unlocks the ‘African missing network’ that will accelerate sustainable economic development through digital inclusion for all Africans.
The partnership creates a Wi-Fi marketplace that helps ISPs, franchisees and digital service providers unlock new revenue streams by creating job opportunities.
Nic Rudnick, Group Chief Executive Officer at LTG, said: “We firmly believe that every African has the right to high-speed connectivity, and with #SasaiWiFiFinder hot spots, we are making this vision a reality. This initiative is in line with our parent company Econet’s vision of an inclusive, connected future that leaves no African behind. The connectivity network that we have created with these hotspots will ensure ubiquitous access for businesses and consumers at extremely affordable rates. This is yet another milestone achieved in building Africa’s digital future one individual and business at a time.”
Darlington Mandivenga, the Chief Executive Officer of the CFI Group, added: “We consider #SasaiWifiFinder to be a vital piece in the social and financial digital inclusion agenda that we are passionately driving across Africa. It is part of our broader strategy to provide solutions that address everyday problems for everyday people. In this case, we are offering more affordable internet access to African communities, including those previously excluded.”
The companies explain that users will get access to free internet bundles when they connect to #Sasaiwififinder hotspots and download the Sasai Super app and purchase internet bundles.
The app is a multi-service technology platform that allows access to social media services, on-demand services, digital interactive media services and digital marketplace, including payment methods in a single, easy-to-use mobile application.
Following the successful launch of #SasaiWiFiFinder hotspots in Zimbabwe, the service will soon be available in South Africa, South Sudan, DRC, Botswana, Burundi, Lesotho and Tanzania.
According to the GSMA’s annual Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa report, the Sub-Saharan Africa region remains the fastest-growing region in terms of mobile subscription, with 477 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2019, with an additional 137 million subscribers over the period to 2025, representing a CAGR of 4.3%.