Orange Africa has launched a new and affordable 4G mobile phone and an online learning scheme called Orange Campus Africa. The new e-platform is a new partnership with the Virtual University of Senegal (VUS) and will offer courses from online universities of Tunis and Senegal and also the digital universities of UNIT (Engineering and Technology) and AUNEGE (Economics and Management), the training firm Finafrique, and EPITA School of Computer Science.
“Orange wanted to offer a global platform that would meet the specific needs of African populations, universities and businesses”, said Alioune Ndiaye, CEO Orange Middle East and Africa.
“We want universities to be able to rely on online training to provide additional training and target more students. Students and professionals will also be able to take these courses on a personal basis and obtain a certification or even a diploma recognised in their country. It is a big step forward, with the African institutions, which have the potential to positively impact training and thus employment in our countries,” he added.
In collaboration with Google, Orange introduced the Sanza touch smartphone, the world’s most affordable 4G Android device. The Sanza range will be available in 13 countries across the African continent, starting in Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast and Madagascar.
Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, said: “Orange wants to strongly accelerate access to connectivity on the African continent. One of the barriers to Internet use is the price and ease of use of most smartphones. The partnership with Google to offer the Sanza touch smartphone for sale will enable us to solve this problem thanks to its affordable price and advanced functionalities. While 90% of the world’s population is now covered by mobile broadband, 3.3 billion people who live in areas covered by mobile broadband remain unconnected for reasons such as affordability, low levels of literacy and digital skills.”
“Our mission at Google has always been to ‘organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible to everyone’. We deliver this mission through building and providing our products and services via key partnerships like this one with Orange. We are excited about the endless possibilities this Sanza touch smartphone will present in learning, economic opportunities and digital accessibility. The goal of our Android devices, including this first-of-its kind highly affordable Android (Go edition) device is to bring the power of computing equitably to all. We can only achieve this mission if everyone is able to access devices at affordable price points to use in their daily lives and have access to the benefits presented by the digital world,” Mariam Abdullahi, Director of platform partnerships, Android and Play in Africa at Google.