Kenya's BRCK acquires assets of Surf and EveryLayer

For an undisclosed amount.

Kenyan communications hardware company BRCK has acquired the assets of Nairobi-based internet provider Surf and its U.S. parent EveryLayer for an undisclosed amount, according to a report by TechCrunch.

Surf is a Nairobi-based hotspot service provider aimed at offering affordable internet to lower-income segments. BRCK is a five-year-old venture that pairs its rugged Wi-Fi routers to internet service packages designed to bring people online in frontier and emerging markets.

The acquisition means that BRCK will have exposure to assets of San Francisco-based EveryLayer and its Surf subsidiary, including 1,200 hotspots and 200,000 active customers across 22 cities in Kenya.

Backed by $10 million from investors, BRCK plans to use its new resources to expand to an undisclosed East African country and is eyeing options abroad. “We’re looking at Indonesia and starting our pilot in Mexico next month,” BRCK CEO and founder Erik Hersman (pictured) told TechCrunch.

According to TechCrunch, BRCK built its platform around providing internet solutions primarily in Kenya and Rwanda. In 2017, the company rolled out its SupaBRCK product and paired it to its Moja service, which offers free public Wi-Fi — internet, music and entertainment — subsidized by commercial partners.