South African telco, Bam Telecoms, has announced plans to launch its locally manufactured smartphone line in September 2023.
One report shows that 43.48 million South Africans (72.3% of the population) use the Internet as of January 2023.
The black-owned telco intends to close the digital divide in South Africa by giving the local market affordable, quality, 4G-enabled phones, tablets, and smart technologies.
The telco says it will realise this via partnerships. It has partnered with local and international players, including ZTE, Dahua Technology, Digit, Bam Forensic Institute, and Providence Software Solutions.
Currently, Bam Telecoms runs two factories in South Africa, one in the Eastern Cape’s East London Industrial Development Zone and the other in KwaZulu-Natal.
But because it is still assembling devices in China, it hasn’t started production yet.
Its research and development unit, focused on creating “advanced devices by South Africans for Africans,” is located near the company’s head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg.