So I started seeing the Sekoko Smartphone doing the rounds on Facebook the past week. The was not much to talk about at the time than the specs and the design, today I saw an article that sheds some light.
“SEKOKO Begins Assembling Mobile Phones in South Africa.” reads the article posted on Facebook.
The devices are assembled by Making Mobile, the company produces smartphones and tablets aimed at the local market and the rest of Africa. The SEKOKO devices will be assembled at a semi-knockdown level initially, using parts and components imported from local and international partners.
“The facility will be a 24/7 operation with an initial production target of 700 to 750 handsets per day with a staff compliment of 50 employees per shift,” said Daryl Peel, managing director of Making Mobile.
“The main driver behind launching Sekoko in Africa is to gain further penetration in the use of smartphones through easier access to broadband and affordable smartphones. Africa is one of the youngest markets in the world and presents a huge opportunity in terms of growth,” said Dr Tim Tebeila chair of Sekoko holdings.
Africa has over 900 million phone connections, according to data released by Ericsson last year.
Sekoko will initially produce 3G and LTE smartphones with 5 inch display as well as an 7 inch tablet.
I cannot wait to see the final product, maybe be lucky enough to review it. Please click on source to read the full article.
Update: Daryl Peerl, Managing Director of Making Mobile had an interview with Victor Kgomoeswana on PowerFM. The devices are set to sell from as low as R2000 and the plan is to start selling in April.
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