Orange backing KaiOS

19 July 2019

French giant Orange has thrown its weight behind KaiOS Technologies by contributing to the Series B funding round led by Cathay Innovation.

The money will be used to promote and expand the phone operating system in new markets along with the introduction of new features. It is thought there are currently more than 100 million devices running on KaiOS in 100 countries.

“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,” said Sebastien Codeville, chief executive officer of KaiOS Technologies.

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Tigo Tanzania launches new Saizi Yako service

19 July 2019

Tigo Tanzania has launched a new service called ‘Saizi Yako’, which is designed to address the specific internet, voice and SMS needs of each customer at an affordable price. 

The company said its new offering comes with a simplified menu for easy access and purchase, at a very affordable price. 

Tigo chief commercial officer Tarik Boudiaf said that the company’s objective was to give “the best all-in-one offer” at competitive prices and meet the needs of its customers. 

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Vodacom Congo looks to reverse 2G licence order

19 July 2019

Vodacom Congo, the largest operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has petitioned the country’s top administrative court to reverse a government order withdrawing its 2G licence.

A directive signed by telecommunications minister Emery Okundji in April threatens to disconnect some of Vodacom Congo’s 11.8 million customers who’ve yet to switch to 3G and 4G. The same is true for people living in remote areas not yet covered by the faster data services.

A first hearing of Vodacom Congo’s complaint against the telecommunications ministry has taken place in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.

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Wari and Mara Phones partner up to increase presence in Africa

19 July 2019

Digital financial services platform Wari has teamed up with African smartphone manufacturer Mara Phones as part of its strategy to increase its presence on the continent. 

Wari’s services will be preloaded onto Mara devices and the former will bundle its services with the Mara Phone to all its clients.

“We are extremely excited about this collaboration and we expect to see Wari increase its presence and penetration with the bundling of the Mara Phone,” said Mara Phones’ chief executive officer Ashish Thakkar. 

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