Orange Invests in the Maker of KaiOS Mobile OS for Smart Feature Phones

Orange Invests in the Maker of KaiOS Mobile OS for Smart Feature Phones Image Credit: KaiOS Technologies

KaiOS Technologies, maker of KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, confirmed Orange’s participation in a recent Series B funding.

The added participation of Orange strengthens Kai’s leadership in the rapidly growing smart feature phone segment, in a market where 827 million people in Africa still have no access to the internet.

This joint vision isn’t a new development. At Mobile World Congress in February 2019, Kai and Orange announced Sanza – a smart feature phone integrating voice-recognition, long battery life and popular apps and sold for just $20 USD. The device is now available in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali, and will be rolled-out in other countries across Orange’s footprint in the coming months.

Based on Kai’s collaboration with key telecoms operators such as Orange, KaiOS-powered devices are available in 22 countries across Africa. These devices not only provide traditional mobile phone services, but also access to apps such as the Google Assistant, Facebook and WhatsApp that help connect people and their communities.

Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies
It’s partnerships such as this one with Orange that has made KaiOS the third leading mobile operating system with devices in more than 100 countries; further propelling us towards our goal of connecting the next billion users.

Alioune Ndiaye, CEO, Orange Middle East & Africa
Today the two main barriers to internet access are the lack of infrastructure, for which Orange is investing one billion euros per year, and the cost of the device.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

PREVIOUS POST

BT's New Paris Cyber SOC to Offer Advanced Incident Detection, Threat Intelligence, Orchestration and Automation Services

NEXT POST

NTT Combines 28 Companies to Form NTT Ltd in London

THE EDITOR'S DESK

UPCOMING EVENTS

Artelligence 2019

Telco AI Summit Asia

Network Virtualization and SDN Asia

Network Virtualization & SDN Americas

 

ON TWITTER

ON FACEBOOK