GSMA Intelligence expects to have 725 million smartphone customers in Africa by 2020. The countries involved do not want to completely surrender this incredible economic growth rate to import.
The South African startup ONYX Connect will be producing smartphones and tablets domestically from Spring 2017. Up until now, the company has imported all of its devices from China. In the coming year, it still wants to source the electronic inner workings of the devices from the same place, while the design of the cases and production will take place in Africa. The African smartphones will be fitted with a camera and a 1 Gbyte memory, will use Android as an operating system and will cost around 30 US Dollars. In the medium turn, ONYX wants to establish its own development department, which will work on new models.
In the past few years, the sales prospects for the world’s second largest mobile phone market after Asia have led to the Congolese company VMK announcing their own range of tablets, cell phones and smartphones under the name Elikia. The company introduced a tablet as far back as 2012, but that was produced in China and then simply furnished with the company logo. But now the first Elikia models can at least be seen on the website. The devices currently only appear to be available at two companies in the Congo and the Ivory Coast, while the search for further sales partners is underway.