AfricaCom 2018: New Mobile Device Designed To Make Internet Connectivity Affordable
At the annual AfricaCom conference that was held in Cape Town, South Africa, the CEO of MTN Group, Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co Ltd., CEO of KaiOS Technologies Inc., and the Executive Vice President of UNISOC announced their partnership to launch the world’s very first 3G smart feature phone in Africa, powered by KaiOS.
The new product will allow users to upgrade from a feature phone with only voice and text capabilities, to a fully connected handset with reliable, 3G internet. Access to advanced digital services is finally a reality for everyone because of the affordable pricing of the device.
Group President and CEO of MTN, Rob Shuter commented on the partnership and said that MTN is proud to be part of a collaboration that supports ambitions to deepen digital inclusion in the markets. He added that this initiative would contribute to the achievement of one of MTN’s key goals to provide affordable data enabled handsets to its customers, and by so doing, removing some of the obstructions to mobile internet adoption in Africa.
The new smart feature phone provides fast internet through both Wi-Fi and 3G and Bluetooth connectivity and GPS function are just some of its many impressive features.
Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies stated that this launch would have a significant impact on communities across the African continent because 834 million people still remained unconnected to the internet in Africa.
The 3G smart feature phone will first be available from MTN in Nigeria and South Africa, followed shortly by the other MTN operations in Africa as well as the Middle East. The mobile device will retail between $20-$25 which is pretty affordable compared to the price of other devices across Africa.
This product is set to help convert African 2G users to 3G, allowing the people of Africa to enjoy high-speed mobile networks. This new smart feature phone is powered by the UNISOC SC7731EF, the first 3G smart chipset with up to 256MB RAM. It has a 2.4’ screen, 256MB/512MB RAM/ROM, supports dual SIM and has a 2000MAH battery.
It will be available as from the first quarter of 2019.
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