A new manufacturer of mobile phones has entered the Angolan telecoms market. Afrione officially commissioned its assembly plant on October 14. The infrastructure will produce 100,000 units per year and diversify its types of devices over time. It should create 150 new jobs.
Afrione’s mobile phone assembly plant, located in the Luanda-Bengo Special Economic Zone, has officially started operations. The infrastructure was also inaugurated by the President of the Republic João Lourenço on October 14, 2020, together with Manuel Homem, the Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication.
The result of an own investment of nearly USD 15 million and a credit line of USD 2 billion from the United Arab Emirates, the plant, built on an area of 1,140 square meters, is made up of three departments: offices, manufacturing and storage.
It will have a production of 100,000 devices per year. Over time, it should diversify its production by integrating computers and several other types of digital devices. As a first step, the factory should create nearly 150 new jobs, intended particularly for young people.
The company plans to build distribution centers for its devices in Cabinda, Uíge, Huambo and Benguela. The price of low-end phones is expected to range between 3,000 and 4,000 kwanzas (around $ 5-6) while that of more advanced high-end devices could reach as high as 200,000 kwanzas (around $ 300), according to verangola.net. .