Ethiopia’s First Local Smartphone to go On Sale
By Nick Clayton
(Wall street Journal) - In another indication of the growth of Africa’s mobile communications economy, Tecno Mobile says it will release its first Ethiopian-manufactured smartphone in July. The handset, called the “Tecno T3”, will run Android 2.3.
According to Human IPO, Tecno Mobile, which is based in Hong Kong, is carrying out research to decide on pricing for the new smartphone. It already has several phones on sale in Ethiopia which support all the country’s main languages.
However, Henry Yu [general manager of Tecno Ethiopia], said that the new phone will only support the Amharic language for the time being.
An Ethiopian company, Information Technology Transfer Services, developed the Amharic application. This will work on all Android operating systems, says to Ayalew Aseffa, Founder and Chief Executive of ITTS.
Tecno Mobile Ethiopia is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based manufacturer Tecno Telecom Ltd.