Kenya’s BRCK launches SupaBRCK in scramble to connect Africa

In Innovation, Startup, Tech

Ushahidi owned technology startup BRCK has strengthened its scramble to connect Africa with launch of SupaBRCK, a waterproof, solar-powered Wi-Fi box that operates as a 3G hotspot and off-grid server.

Unlike its debut product BRCK launched in 2013 to tackle two provide reliable power and viable internet options, the SupaBRCK has a dual core intel 64-bit processor, up to 5 terabyte of hard drive space, redundant connectivity options – including 3 sim card slots, and a 10-hour onboard battery.

Facebook and Google are out to provide affordable internet in Africa with Facebook recently partnering with Surf to provide affordable internet hotspots around Nairobi.

Free public internet access 

Riding on the SupaBRCK hardware are the Moja WiFi, a network of free public internet access points that allows anyone to get online, even if they don’t have a lot of disposable income for this purpose – as in most frontier markets.

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Second, Moja CDN is an infrastructure-as-a-service offering that provides compute and storage capacity to organizations who need to host their applications or content at the edge of the network.

“We are moving from just being a hardware company to becoming a platform company, as we connect SupaBRCK to Moja and start having a network that covers entire countries,” BRCK chief executive Erik Hersman told TechCrunch.

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