Poa Internet announces first close of a $28M financing round led by Africa50

Africa50’s investment in Poa Internet, the Internet Service Provider that connects underserved communities in Kenya, will primarily finance the company’s national rollout.

Nairobi/Casablanca, 18th January 2022 – Poa Internet and Africa50 today announced the completion of Africa50’s equity investment into Poa. This funding is part of the $28 million financing round led by Africa50, which will be used to support the company’s future growth plans across Kenya, as well as launch the business into further African markets.

Also participating in the first closing is Novastar Ventures, which is making its third investment into the company and a number of other existing shareholders. Since starting operations in 2016, Poa has continuously improved its operations and market position and currently has over 12,000 home internet customers, as well as tens of thousands of street Wi-Fi customers.

This additional funding demonstrates investors’ confidence in Poa’s ongoing strategy and underscores the need for African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that focus on bridging the digital divide across the continent.

Andy Halsall, Poa Internet’s CEO, commented “Poa is all about connecting the unconnected of Africa to create opportunities for growth, learning and economic stimulus through digitisation. We have a young, energetic and committed team, that are working tirelessly to make our vision a reality. Now with Africa50’s investment, we can ramp up our roll-out plans and provide value to even more communities across Kenya.”

“We are delighted to partner with Poa Internet on its mission to provide unlimited broadband internet to underserved communities,” said Raza Hasnani, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Investments at Africa50. “Poa has been instrumental in bridging the needs of last-mile connectivity, and their ultra-low-cost solutions can be used to address the significant connectivity gaps in Kenya and across the continent as a whole. This is particularly important at a time when societies and economic activities are increasingly becoming digitized as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing access to reliable and affordable internet connectivity is strongly aligned with the key pillars of Africa50’s strategy, and we are excited to be part of this high impact journey and to support Poa’s growth in Africa.”

Poa was advised in the transaction by London based technology lawyers Temple Bright who have supported the company since 2016. Africa50 were advised by Linklaters.

About Africa50:

Africa50 is an infrastructure investment platform that contributes to Africa’s growth by developing and investing in bankable projects, catalyzing public sector capital, and mobilizing private sector funding, with differentiated financial returns and impact. Africa50 currently has 31 shareholders, comprised of 28 African countries, the African Development Bank, the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), and Bank Al-Maghrib. For more information, visit: www.africa50.com.

About Poa Internet:

Poa Internet is a Kenyan Internet Service Provider that provides truly unlimited, and highly affordable Internet services to the homes and small business owners of lower-income urban communities that are unable to access services from established communication service providers, visit www.poainternet.com

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