Orange launches Sanza, democratizing internet in Africa

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At Mobile World Congress, Orange (www.Orange.com) partners with
KaiOS Technologies
(www.KaiOSTech.com) and UNISOC
(www.UNISOC.com) to launch a
phone with voice recognition at $US 20 in 16 countries in
Africa and the Middle-East :
Botswana, Burkina
Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea
Conakry, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Sierra
Leone and Tunisia.

An affordable 3G smart feature
phone

Beginning April 2019, Orange customers in
Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire will have access to
a new category of smart feature phones powered by KaiOS, the
operating system from KaiOS Technologies. The other
countries will follow in the year.

Sanza will be
commercialised with a dedicated offer (voice/text/data)
starting around $US 20 (depending of the country), that will
help customers to optimise their budget.

Sanza has the
simplicity of a feature phone powered by the UNISOC SC7731EF
chipset platform with a long-lasting battery life up to 5
days, 3G+, Torch, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, combined with
advanced smartphone-like functionalities.

Advanced
functionalities for Africans

Thanks to the
Google Assistant, Sanza will help overcome language and
literacy challenges, as our customers can access information
and applications on the device easily, just with their
voice, and without having to type. The Google Assistant
understands multiple French and English accents, with more
languages to come later this year. The phone menu is
available in Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese, English and
French.

This new phone will also give access to
applications such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google
Search and Google Maps, as well as Orange Money, the
flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services
offer and My Orange, the application to monitor your mobile
consumption, among other things.

For Alioune Ndiaye, CEO
of Orange Middle East and Africa:“Sanza is a concrete
proof of the capacity of Orange to be a key player of
digital inclusion in Africa and the Middle-East. With its
access to internet with the voice and its attractive price
around US $20, I have the conviction that this 3G phone and
soon 4G, is a powerful lever to develop the access to
internet for all in Africa”.

For Gérard Lokossou,
CEO of Orange Democratic Republic of Congo: “The
Smartphone penetration rate in DRC is quite low, 30 per cent
versus the average of 50 per cent for the Continent. The
established mobile payment services via Orange Money, the
launch of 4G+ in 2018 and our engagement to extend 3G
coverage to the whole country are all contributing to boost
the smartphone penetration rate in DRC. The next
commercialisation of the Sanza phone at an affordable price
demonstrates our strategy for the democratisation of
Internet access in the country.”

Sebastien
Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said: “Our
mission is to help close the digital divide by bringing
mobile connectivity to the billions of people without
internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in
established markets with an alternative to smartphones. The
Sanza by Orange marks an important milestone in fulfilling
this mission, as its bound to be successful in Africa with
its attractive price point, great features, and the strong
presence of Orange in the region.”

Orange is
present in 20 countries in Africa and the Middle-East and
has 120 million customers. With five billion euros of
revenues in 2017, this zone is a strategic priority for the
Group. Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money
transfer and financial services offer is available in 17
countries and has 40 million customers. Orange, a
multi-services operator and key partner of the digital
transformation provides its expertise to support the
development of new digital services in Africa and the
Middle-East.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of
Orange.

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