Case Study: Connecting the Unconnected
In 2018, the Communications Authority of Kenya contracted Safaricom to set up base transceiver stations (BTS) in 78 remote, underserved sub-locations across the country as part of a KSh 1.2 billion deal to boost network connectivity.
The roll-out of Safaricom BTS stations allows more entrepreneurs to open M-PESA agencies and accept payments via M-PESA, allowing customers to withdraw money from their bank accounts into their M-PESA wallets, making shopping easier and driving economic growth. USF-funded sites are transforming lives across the country: Milore village in Kilifi County has grown into a business hub for the area, as has Oloodo village in Narok West Sub-County.
So far, the USF has expanded mobile network coverage for 238,082 people, a figure expected to grow to 319,298 before the roll out is complete.