Kenyans can now acquire budget-friendly locally assembled smartphones. This follows the inauguration of the cutting-edge East Africa Device Assembly Kenya Limited in Athi River. The advanced device assembly facility, a collaborative effort between local Mobile Network Operators and international device manufacturers, offers a diverse range of gadgets.
Available nationwide at Faiba shops, dealer stores, Safaricom shops, and the Masoko online platform, these smartphones, including the 4G-enabled Neon 5” “Smarta” and 6 ½” “Ultra”, are priced from KES. 7499. The launch devices are just the beginning. The product line will soon expand to include more options, including a locally assembled tablet.
Apart from accelerating 4G internet penetration, this venture expects to create between 300 and 500 direct jobs. All these efforts aim at nurturing local talent and bolstering the nation’s economic advancement.
This initiative is part of the government’s efforts to establish domestic smartphone assembly capability in Kenya. The facility aims to produce up to 3 million mobile phone units annually. “This assembly plant will support the government’s agenda to enhance digital inclusion in the country. We have been able to achieve affordability through a collaborative approach that comprises industry partnership and favorable government policies,” said Joshua Chepkwony, Chairman of EADAK and Chairman & CEO of Jamii Telecom.