Facebook forces down Nairobi internet costs

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Startups will now pay less for internet and communication after giant tech startup Facebook introduced cheaper internet in a move that could force telcos to cut prices.

Facebook in a joint move with local internet provider Surf have launched cheaper wifi in Kenya after similar launches in Uganda and Nigeria.

Charges

The cost of daily Internet bundles is Sh10 for 40 megabyte (mb) and Sh20 for 100mb while weekly Express Wifi bundles cost Sh50 for 300mbs and Sh100 for 500mb.

For monthly users, monthly bundles cost Sh200 for 1.25 gigabyte (gb) and Sh500 for 3gb. Surf Kenya CEO Mark Summer said in an interview the prices could change after official launch of the service.

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The hotspots are available in Nairobi’s metropolis such as Kiambu, Thika, Ong’ata Rongai, Mlolongo, Limuru and Kitengela. The move puts telcos on the spot as data has been and remains a key revenue driver.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg started an ambitious plan to connect third world economies to internet through satellights in orbit even after some of his investments were incinerated when rocket launchers of the overly ambitious Elon Musk burst into flames last year sending Zuckerberg into an online tirade.

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