Integrated hardware and software company BRCK has announced its latest acquisition of local ISP Surf, who is the second-largest public WiFi provider in Kenya providing low-cost internet services to up 20 towns in Kenya.
BRCK currently operating in Kenya and Rwanda is a network of free public internet access points that allows anyone to get online
Surf launched in Kenya in 2016 and has been providing internet to low-income communities through public hotspots. Surf partnered with
Facebook and Internet Solutions in 2017 to launch the Express Wi-Fi service, a public Wi-Fi hotspot service in Kenya in 2017.
With this acquisition, the number of public hotspots for the company now stands at 2,000 across Kenya, with a reported 500,000 users a month. The combined Wi-Fi access points for BRCK will increase from the current 1,500 nodes to 2,700 nodes, making it one of the biggest public Wi-Fi zones in Sub- Saharan Africa.
“This marks an important moment in BRCK’s journey towards meeting Africa’s unique needs and expanding on the continent’s connectivity infrastructure. BRCK believes that the acquisition will go a long way towards supporting Africa’s technological evolution,” Hersman says.