Kenya has opened its first smartphone assembly plant in Athi River, Machakos County, to produce low-cost 4G-enabled phones in the country’s latest digital inclusion push.
Giant telco, Safaricom leads a consortium of International device makers and regional mobile network operators who jointly own the device assembly factory- a cutting-edge East Africa Device Assembly Kenya Limited.
Starting at Ksh. 7,499(US$ 50), the cellphones will be sold throughout the nation in dealer stores, Faiba shops, Safaricom shops, and the Masoko online store.
Two primary mobile phone devices availed during the launch were the 4G-enabled Neon 5” “Smarta” and 6 ½” “Ultra”.
The product range will be further diversified in the coming months with the introduction of other devices, including a locally assembled tablet.
The factory has been built to fulfill the government’s promise to establish local smartphone assembly capacity in Kenya, with the ability to produce up to 3 million mobile phone units annually.
“This assembly plant will support the government’s plan to improve digital inclusion in the country. We have achieved affordability through a collaborative approach, which includes industry partnership and favorable government policies,” said Joshua Chepkwony, Chairman of EADAK.
Additionally, the factory is expected to generate between 300 and 500 direct jobs, promote local talent development, and contribute to the country’s economic growth.
“The launch of EADAK confirms our belief in the power of connectivity to improve lives and drive economic progress. This partnership underscores our unwavering commitment to expand 4G access, provide Kenyans with affordable, high-quality smartphones, create job opportunities, and grow our economy,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom.