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You Will Soon Afford a Quality Android Phone In Kenya- Google & Safaricom


The initiative, which will also be expanded across Africa, will help millions of first-time smartphone users gain access to quality, affordable Android smartphones.

Kenyans using a smartphone for the first time will soon get affordable Android smartphones after Google on Wednesday, October 6 partnered with Safaricom to launch its first “Device Financing” plan in the country.

The initiative, which will also be expanded across Africa, will help millions of first-time smartphone users gain access to quality, affordable Android smartphones.

The search giant subsequently announced a plan to invest Ksh111 billion over five years in Africa to support its digital transformation.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. /BUSINESS INSIDER

The investment will focus on enabling fast, affordable internet access for more Africans; building helpful products; supporting entrepreneurship and small business; and helping nonprofits to improve lives across Africa.

During Google’s first-ever Google for Africa event, held virtually and live-streamed on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, CEO Sundar Pichai stated that the investment was a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to Africa to support the transformation that will cover a range of initiatives from improved connectivity to investment in startups

“We’ve made huge strides together over the past decade — but there’s more work to do to make the internet accessible, affordable and useful for every African. Today I’m excited to reaffirm our commitment to the continent through an investment of Ksh111 billion over five years to support Africa’s digital transformation to cover a range of initiatives from improved connectivity to investment in startups,” he said.

The company is also setting up a global infrastructure that will ensure more people get access to faster internet at reduced connectivity costs.

Through a Black Founders Fund, Google will invest in Black-led startups in Africa by providing cash awards as well as support for the ventures.

The fund will also see the company pump Ksh5.5 billion in startups and provide them with access to Google’s employees, network, and technologies to help them build meaningful products for their communities.

Google has also collaborated with the non-profit organisation Kiva, to provide Ksh1.1 billion in low-interest loans to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa following the economic difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company is also expanding its commitment to support nonprofits working to improve lives across Africa, with Ksh4 billion to help more partners who are responding to challenges they see first-hand in their communities.

“Products like Android Go and Files Go ensure that everyone can have a great smartphone experience. On YouTube, we are supporting Black creators and artists with our Black Voices Fund.

“These are just a few examples of how we’re investing in, and building for, Africa. We know there’s more we can do to help bring the benefits of technology to more Africans,” Pichai added.

The investments will support the continent’s digital transformation in four key areas:

  • Enabling affordable access and building products for every kind of African user.
  • Helping businesses with their digital transformation.
  • Investing in entrepreneurs to spur next-generation technologies.
  • Supporting nonprofits working to improve lives across Africa.

Google expressed optimism in partnering with African governments, policymakers, educators, entrepreneurs and businesses as the continent’s people begin to shape the next wave of innovation.

A person using the internet through a computer in a cybercafe. /MEDIUM





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