In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africell’s pilots include phone production

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africell's pilots include phone production

Tech Highlights:

  • Assembly is slated to take place at an Industry Five facility in DRC capital city Kinshasa, with technicians aided by robots. The first Africell-branded handsets are expected to be ready in February 2022, with up to half a million more set for assembling in the following year. Industry Five expects to create up to 5,000 technical jobs in DRC over the next five years, focused on producing tablets, laptops, servers and data storage equipment.

  • Industry Five has been chosen by Africell Group to begin a prototype feature phone assembly operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is expected to help mitigate the impact of global supply chain limitations. Africell and Industry Five said they expect to start producing up to 30,000 devices in January 2022, calling it a first for the country. If the first batch satisfies the operator’s quality standards, more monthly manufacturing runs are planned.

Africell explained the move builds on network expansion efforts in DRC this year, including extension of infrastructure and launching services in new provinces. Group communications director Sam Williams stated the device assembly plan stimulated supply chain innovation and showed the operator is making “a long-term bet which could transform the economics of mobile provision in our African operating markets”. The project is also backed by the government as it looks to increase digital inclusion in the country.

Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles…

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