Cape Town - Smartphones from just over R300 could be available on the African market as early as next year.
This was one of the important issues raised at this year’s AfricaCom, Africa’s largest communication conference and exhibition, which ended at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday.
Panel discussions included announcements from operators such as Airtel Africa, Millicom, Mozilla and handset manufacturer Tecno, that a $30 smartphone would be launched in African markets next year.
Delegates said devices were a major part of enabling Africans to access communications services and affordability is crucial.
Alcatel-One Touch, an operator who has been attracting a lot of interest from its association with its Firefox OS devices, will be launching to sub-Saharan markets in the first quarter next year.