U.S. firm to assemble phones in Uganda, Telecom News, ET Telecom


By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA: U.S. firm CTI Africa plans to make investments $10 million in Uganda to construct a plant to assemble low-end sensible cellular phones and manufacture telephone elements, its chief government stated on Friday.

CTI says it’s targeted on digital know-how to deliver inexpensive options in sectors like agriculture, power, healthcare and finance to rural communities in Africa.

CEO Michael Landau informed Reuters in an interview on Friday the corporate plans to construct the plant in the capital Kampala and to ultimately manufacture elsewhere in the nation.

“From a realistic perspective we are hoping to be able to start delivering the phones in the early first quarter of 2019,” Landau informed Reuters.

“We need to be manufacturing millions of phones …the cost of developing a building that can handle that sort of value is going be in the $10 million range.”

There are greater than 20 million cell phone subscribers in Uganda, the place the sector is dominated by a unit of South Africa’s MTN Group and a subsidiary of India’s Bharti Airtel.

Wooed by financial stability, a younger inhabitants and powerful development, international funding has flowed into Uganda’s IT sector over the past twenty years.

Fast rising web use has drawn Google and Facebook who’ve investments in the nation’s high-speed web infrastructure.

The sector now instantly employs about a million folks and accounts for round 2.5 % of the East African nation’s GDP, in accordance to authorities estimates.

Landau informed Reuters CTI Africa’s deliberate funding is a results of a pilot venture in a small neighborhood in central Uganda.

In the pilot, CTI Africa examined the thought of harvesting private well being, monetary, power, agricultural and different private knowledge that the firm can then use to join these people with potential suppliers of providers and merchandise.

The smartphone handsets that CTI Africa will assemble, underneath the model title LifeMobile, will function on Android and customers can obtain commonplace apps from the system’s Play Store.

But the LifeMobile handsets can have in-built, customised functions that customers can faucet into to entry suppliers of a spread of providers and merchandise such loans, renewable power and healthcare, e-commerce and others.

CTI is in discussions with some monetary establishments to assist present rent buy offers to clients, Landau stated, including it was additionally in talks with a number of different African nations about related investments.

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