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Ride-sharing Startup SWVL, BRCK Partner to Launch Free WiFi on Its Kenyan Buses

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Ride-sharing Startup SWVL, BRCK Partner to Launch Free WiFi on Its Kenyan Buses

Egyptian ride-sharing bus service, SWVL and Kenyan hardware startup, BRCK have partnered and launched free wifi services on the Kenyan buses.

According to a report on TechCrunch, BRCK will install its routers on Swvl vehicles in Kenya and run its Moja service, which allows anyone to get online for free to enjoy the internet or get access to great movies, music or books.

BRCK has already installed 15 of its units in Swvl buses and looks to extend the service to 700 by 2020. On the other hand, Swvl pays a monthly fee for the routers and for maintenance of the routers.

Both BRCK and Swvl see a solid fit in pairing up their product offerings. “SWVL’s objectives to provide an alternative in the transportation industry line up nicely with BRCK’s objectives of providing connectivity to commuters,” said BRCK COO Nivi Sharma.

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SWVL launched its bus sharing services in Nairobi early this year after raising more than U$30 million in 2018 at a valuation of approximately US$100 million. The Cairo-based transportation startup Swvl also raised US$42 million earlier this year with plans to expand across Africa.

BRCK began offering wifi services in Nairobi public transport buses in 2018 and earlier this year, the company acquired Nairobi based internet provide Surf and its network of hotspots.

The hardware startup which is backed by Steve Case’s Revolution VC fund, has 445,000 unique monthly active users on its mobile network in Kenya and Rwanda and 150,000 unique monthly active users on its fixed network—including users connecting at cafes, barbershops, and marketplaces, according to company data.

Image Credits: TechCrunch

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