Airtel Congo has started offering its customers the first African-produced tablet, leading the way in the region in terms of device strategy.
Airtel is Congo's mobile market leader, and launched the first 3G network in the Central Africa country in October 2011. The company has now launched a XAF150,000 (US$284) data package including a Way-C tablet, a Huawei modem and 25MB worth of data. The Android Way-C tablet was developed by local developer VMK and Internet connection is made via Wi-Fi or USB connection.
VMK's founder and CEO Vérone Mankou, dubbed as 'Africa's Steve Jobs' for his visionary initiative, will be a speaker at West & Central Africa Com taking place in Dakar, Senegal in June. The event will bring together the telecoms, media and ICT worlds to discuss the evolution of the digital market in the region. Other confirmed speakers include representatives of operators Sonatel-Orange, Etisalat Nigeria, Isocel Telecom Benin, Millenium Telecom Centrafrique, as well as social media specialists People Input and Yookos. The programme is still being finalised so get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to recommend speakers.