We are delighted to announce that Firefox OS has launched in South Africa in partnership with mobile operator, MTN. This is the first country in Africa to have access to FirefoxOS which is now available in 32 markets globally.
Over the past 15 months, the teams at Mozilla, MTN and Alcatel OneTouch have been working in collaboration to make the launch of Firefox OS in Africa possible. The device, which has been made available, runs the latest version of FirefoxOS and is available in 4 official South African languages (English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu), making it easy for users to experience the device in their native tongue. Furthermore, the device is priced so that it fits every budget.
Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer from MTN had this to say about the launch in South Africa: “Mozilla Firefox is amongst the most trusted brands on the internet. By giving our valued customers a solution that is built on this innovative software, we ensure that they have an ideal smartphone that puts them in control of their digital experience using a fresh and dynamic user interface.”
The team at Mozilla and Firefox OS are aiming to bring the web to a greater community and this launch in South Africa means that more people will have access to the web through using Firefox OS.
Activating the Community
As with all Firefox OS launches throughout the world, the local community of volunteers has a crucial role to play. In South Africa, a team of eight people, joined by a cast of many more, came together to coordinate activities to ensure that Firefox OS is a success. These activities include sales training, social media outreach, promotional activities, developer outreach, and more.
Thanks to the team for their passion and dedication in making Firefox OS a success and advancing Mozilla’s mission of a free and open Internet with opportunities for everyone!
You can help too. To find out how to be part of the vibrant community, read our blog post on the topic. It is young and growing and there are opportunities no matter what your skill set. With Firefox OS coming to more countries in Africa you can be part of a pan-Africa, and beyond that global, movement to advance the Web.