Industry insights

Connected Resilience: Gendered Experiences of Meaningful Connectivity through a Global Pandemic

At the Commission on the Status of Women #CSW68 in New York, Global Digital Inclusion Partnership, with support from the Internet Society Foundation, published a new report that provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender digital inclusion, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.

The pandemic made it clear that meaningful connectivity is now a basic requirement for all.

●  Across their six survey countries, women with a tertiary education were nearly twice as likely to be meaningfully connected compared to their peers with less education.

●  Women living in rural areas were three times more likely to lack internet access than their urban-dwelling peers, while women living in cities were over 50% more likely to have meaningful connectivity.

But too many women, too many of the world’s impoverished, & too many people living in rural communities remain unconnected, underconnected, or simply left behind. 

Women interviewed in underserved remote villages in India and impoverished urban settlements in Nigeria reported restricted digital access due to: 

  • lack of infrastructure (such as mobile towers)
  • high cost of devices and data services 
  • dependency on men in their family to use devices 
  • income-generating activities and unpaid care work leave little to no time available to access connectivity or digital skills educational initiatives.

From infrastructure challenges to socioeconomic barriers, the @GDInclusion’s report underscores the complexities of digital inclusion. But together with KaiOS, and through inclusive policy actions, we can shape a more connected world. 

Report available here!

Partnership news

Wikipedia is available on the KaiOS, bringing a wealth of knowledge right to your fingertips.

Wikipedia is available on the KaiOS, bringing a wealth of knowledge right to your fingertips.  Thanks to Y9 Microfinance Bank, you can access this amazing resource through consumer finance.

But wait, there’s more! Did you know that Wikipedia offers consumers a treasure trove of information on a wide range of topics? From history to science, pop culture to current events, Wikipedia has it all. Whether you’re looking up a quick fact or diving deep into a subject, Wikipedia has something for everyone.

To get started, all you need is your NIDA number, a TSH 20,000 deposit, and a SIM card that’s older than 6 months. So why wait? Start exploring the world of knowledge today with Wikipedia on KaiOS!

Partnership news

ENERGIZER E282SC, powered by KaiOS, has been voted 2024 Product Of the Year!

The ENERGIZER smart feature phone E282SC powered by KaiOS has been voted 2024 product of the year in the category Mobile Phone at the Product of the Year GULF 2024 ceremony.

This award comes as validation of the values that have been at the core of KaiOS and Energizer mobile philosophy: crafting devices that strike the perfect balance between functionality and necessity. As such, the E 282 SC smart feature phone is not only incredibly affordable and functional but also the perfect gateway to new forms of connectivity for many.

Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 1987 in France, POY now operates in over 40 countries around the world with the same core purpose: to guide consumers to the newest products in the market, and to reward manufacturers and service providers for product and marketing innovation.

Relying on a transparent voting process by the consumers to the consumers, the company serves as a shortcut for shoppers by recognizing the products that showcase unique and creative features. By bearing the Product of the Year logo, the winning products carry the solid promise of integrity and the proven results of marketing and awareness efficiency.

The ENERGIZER smart feature phone E282SC powered by KaiOS, in its gold version adorned with diamonds, combines elegance with functionality. Equipped with a 1400 mAh battery, 2MP rear, and 2MP front camera, offers users a straightforward yet functional experience. Its clamshell design adds a touch of nostalgia while the inclusion of basic features ensures practicality. The innovation lies in its simplicity, making it an attractive and cost-effective choice for those seeking a reliable mobile device with essential functionalities.

Find the ENERGIZER smart feature phone E282SC on the KaiOS Website: https://www.kaiostech.com/devices/energizer-e282s/

Discover the 2024 Gulf winners: https://www.poymena.com/gulf/winners-2024/

Partnership news

Introducing the WI-KIF MAX 4G Smart Feature Phone

Are you ready to elevate your mobile experience to the next level? Look no further! The WI-KIF MAX 4G Smart Feature Phone available at all TELMA Branded stores and partners. This device is packed with incredible features to keep you connected and entertained like never before.

With lightning-fast 4G connectivity, you can browse the internet, stream videos, and stay updated on social media with ease. Whether you’re catching up on the latest trends or connecting with friends and family, this phone has got you covered.

Dual SIM capabilities offer the flexibility to manage your personal and professional life seamlessly, while popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and Google Search are just a tap away. Stay connected, informed, and entertained anytime, anywhere.

Powered by KaiOS, the WI-KIF MAX 4G Smart Feature Phone delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience, ensuring you can navigate effortlessly through all its features and applications.

And the best part? This incredible device is available at TELMA Madagascar! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your hands on the WI-KIF MAX 4G and experience the future of mobile technology today.Upgrade your mobile experience with the WI-KIF MAX 4G Smart Feature Phone – available now at TELMA Madagascar. Get yours today and stay connected in style! 

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Breaking Barriers to Connectivity!

Did you know that there are still 2.6 billion people worldwide who are unable to access the internet due to affordability constraints?

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a game-changing initiative aimed at bridging this digital divide!

Introducing KaiOS – the innovative platform that’s revolutionising access to the internet. Through strategic partnerships and consumer device financing initiatives, KaiOS is making internet-enabled devices more affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.

We firmly believe that connecting the unconnected is a critical step towards building a thriving digital economy. That’s why we’re proud to announce our collaboration with Y9 Microfinance bank to bring you an exciting opportunity.

Welcome to YouTube!

Say hello to a world of endless possibilities! With KaiOS, you now have access to a treasure trove of useful videos, music, comedy, DIY tutorials, cooking shows, and so much more, right at your fingertips!

Join us in celebrating this milestone towards a more connected and inclusive future. Let’s empower communities, unlock opportunities, and build a brighter tomorrow together!

Company updates

KaiOS Powers Up with KDDI Open Innovation Fund Investment

We are thrilled to announce that KDDI Open Innovation Fund, Japan’s telecommunications giant has joined the list of investors in KaiOS, the revolutionary smart feature phone platform transforming the digital landscape for millions of users worldwide. This collaboration aims to further develop digital and financial inclusion globally.

About KDDI Open Innovation Fund: 

KDDI Open Innovation Fund is a corporate venture fund that supports a broad range of venture companies. The currently active KDDI Open Innovation Fund III focuses on the areas of AI, IoT, data marketing, fintech, B2B SaaS, and entertainment with a total operating fund of 20 billion yen.

https://www.kddi.com/english/open-innovation-program/koif/

About KaiOS: 

For those not yet acquainted with KaiOS: KaiOS is an innovative operating system designed for feature phones. It offers a rich user experience with popular apps such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Google. With over 175 million devices in over 180 countries, KaiOS is making a significant impact on digital and financial inclusion.

We are thankful for the support of KDDI Open Innovation Fund and are eager to embark on a productive collaboration that promises to benefit not only our users, but also our partners, and the broader KaiOS community. As we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing digital and financial inclusion, we encourage everyone to stay tuned for further updates and developments.

Company updates

Please support KaiOS by voting at the WSIS prizes 2024! 

We are thrilled to announce that KaiOS has been nominated in the WSIS Prizes 2024 in the category: Category 2: AL C2. Information and communication infrastructure.

WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) is a unique United Nations summit. The WSIS Prizes recognize projects that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to advance sustainable development.

By voting for KaiOS, you’ll be encouraging us in our strategy to close the digital and financial divideby providing affordable access to essential information and services for millions of people around the world.

Voting is quick and easy – it only takes 3 minutes! Go to: www.wsis.org/prizes and cast your vote for KaiOS project: “Affordable phones for closing the digital and financial divide” in the category 2: AL C2. Information and communication infrastructure.

Spread the word! Share this post with your network and encourage them to vote too. Let’s show the world the impact of KaiOS!

Learn more about the WSIS Prizes on LinkedIn.

Thanks for your support!

Partnership news

Attention, Tanzania!

Introducing the TZ1 from Y9 Microfinance Bank – your passport to modern connectivity powered by KaiOS. Own it today with a low deposit of TSH20,000!

  • Simple Qualification:
  • Provide your NIDA number
  • Ensure your SIM card is active for over 6 months

This offer is more than just a phone – it’s a lifeline for the unconnected 2G users, bridging the gap to internet capability. With the TZ1, powered by KaiOS, you can join the digital revolution and connect with the world like never before.

And guess what? Enjoy seamless Facebook and Facebook Messenger access to stay connected with family and friends while staying updated on social trends. Don’t miss this opportunity – grab your TZ1 now!

Read more at : https://www.facebook.com/100082111563162/posts/405412982205751/?mibextid=WC7FNe

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The TZ1 Internet and WhatsApp Smart Feature Phone, powered by KaiOS and brought to you by Y9 Microfinance Bank, is now within your reach!

Big news, folks! 

The TZ1 Internet and WhatsApp Smart Feature Phone, powered by KaiOS and brought to you by Y9 Microfinance Bank, is now within your reach! 

Searching for an affordable yet reliable way to stay connected? Look no further! Secure your very own TZ1 with just a low deposit of TSH20,000. Simply provide your NIDA number and a sim card active for over 6 months to qualify. It’s that simple!

And here’s the kicker: This device, made possible through Consumer Device Financing, comes equipped with WhatsApp functionality! Stay connected with your loved ones through text and voice messages, no matter where you are.

Join the WhatsApp and KaiOS community today and enjoy seamless communication like never before. Don’t miss out on this chance to stay connected affordably! 

Partnership news

SivooTV, your gateway to a new era of on-demand entertainment on KaiOS.

Did you know that SivooTV is now available on KaiOS, bringing a world of entertainment to your fingertips!

Dive into a diverse range of content, from news to sports, music to lifestyle, and even kids’ programming. With SivooTV, there’s something for everyone!

Access this incredible platform for just TSH20,000 deposit from Y9 Microfinance Bank stores in Tanzania. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience multicultural entertainment like never before!