EatOut partners w/ Google’s Wazi-WiFi to hook up Kenyan restaurants

Wazi Wifi EatOut PartnershipSometimes finding a nice restaurant with good Wi-Fi to work as you wait is a challenge, and a mean one at that. I mean those days, afternoons or weekends, where you need to work on that presentation that your boss needs in the next hour yet you, like me, crave a double masala and a sesame bagel to quell that loud rumbling stomach. Well, Eat Out is coming to your rescue. Eat Out has partnered with Wazi-WiFi, a Google and Wananchi Group initiative, to bring some uber cool WiFi offerings to your local restaurants.

At the launch of the service today, Joe Mucheru, Google’s Country Managers said, “The initiative gives customers the freedom to continue with their digital life even in restaurants. And because Wazi WiFi offers unlimited internet access, the business owners do not need to worry about bills piling up. We therefore see this as another way for   increasing the restaurants’ competitive edge, while at the same time get more people online. ”

This is especially good and brings out the possibilities around online marketing in an era when practically all businesses have an online presence and most of these are slowly learning how to leverage their online presence to get user feedback and keep their services at their best.

Further, Google’s offerings for business owners, including Google+, help by offering new ways to get your business on the map, and to interact with patrons over the web using features like Google+ Hangouts. Wazi-WiFi helps restaurants extend that online experience from home to work to a lunch meeting or night out, by offering high-speed, accessible WiFi access points to businesses.

Mikul Shah, Co-Founder and CEO of Eat Out said, “About 400 restaurants are registered with Eat Out Kenya and the site is hoping to increase the numbers. Restaurant owners will therefore be able to provide an environment where customers can also work. Wazi WiFi is social, it’s fast and it’s business oriented.”

The partnership between Google, Wazi-WiFi and Eat Out Kenya will see Kenyans stay connected on the go, by simply switching to WiFi connections on their phones, tablets, or laptops while in the eating establishments. Also present was Riyaz Bachani, Group CTO at Wananchi Group, now in charge of Wazi WiFi stated, “For 10 minutes per day, customers will get to surf  the internet from their devices for free. For those who want to have unlimited internet access per day, they will pay Sh50 per device. One month access per device will cost Sh500.”

Google Access Field Development Director Kai Walff said, “Wireless hotspots are a must have for restaurants that want to stay on top of the game. People bring their lives into the restaurants and it is therefore vital for these business owners to reach out to their customers by providing them with a platform that enables them to extend this online presence.”

Some of the other Wazi WiFi partners (according to their website) include:

  • Junction Mall
  • Prestige Plaza
  • Adams Arcade
  • Village Market
  • Galleria Mall
  • Capital Centre
  • Nakumatt Ukay
  • Tamambo Karen-Blixen
  • Carnivore
  • Tamambo Village Market
  • Westlands
  • Woodvale Grove
  • Rezerous
  • Changes
  • Havana
  • Pizza Inn, Mobil
  • Diamond Plaza
  • Nakumatt Highridge
  • New Stanley Hotel
  • iHub / NaiLab / Uchumi Ngong
  • Nairobi West shopping center
  • Hurlingam shopping center
  • South C shopping center
  • Lonrho House
  • Bandari Plaza
  • Goethe Institut / Alliance Francais
  • Makadara, Mombasa
  • Apic Centre
  • Ambank House
  • Viewpark Towers
  • Hazina Towers
  • All Steers locations
  • Buffet Park / Tamasha
  • Tamasha Nbi West
  • Tamasha Langata
  • All Java locations
  • All Savanna locations
  • Pasaras
  • Blanco’s
  • About Thyme Restaurant
  • Karen Country Lodge
  • Choma Zone
  • Cedars
  • O’Sinkirri Hotel
  • Choices
  • Café Habibi
  • Zafferano
  • Spurs
  • Misty Ginger
  • Abyssinia
  • Nyali Cinemax, Mombasa
  • Hotel Sapphire, Mombasa
  • Royal Court, Mombasa

You can find a full partner listing on the Wazi WiFi website.

Guests will be able to connect to the World Wide Web while in the restaurants.

To find a Wazi-WiFi hotspot near you, navigate to Wazi-Wifi and get connected now.

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