Hong Kong, China <22 July 2020> – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Mexican telecommunications provider ALTÁN Redes announced a new KaiOS–enabled smart feature phone, the K26, to increase mobile internet access in Mexico.
According to data released in January 2020, around 30% of the Mexican population remains without mobile internet connectivity. This partnership further narrows the digital divide by making 4G internet more accessible to first-time internet users in both big cities and rural areas. Available for $35 USD and a competitive monthly data package, the K26 features fast and secure internet access and VoLTE via 4G, along with Bluetooth, and dual-sim capabilities.
Social media is incredibly popular in Mexico, as 89% of Mexico’s 89 million internet users are active on social media. Through the KaiStore, K26 users gain access to the world’s most popular social media platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and more. Hundreds more apps including Kai’s Life app and Google Assistant are also available, connecting users to trusted educational materials and locally relevant content.
“We’re excited to work with ALTÁN Redes to make the internet more accessible in Mexico,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “The K26 offers the best of the mobile internet while remaining affordable and accessible; and combined with ALTÁN’s high-speed network will help connect millions of people to friends, family, and life-changing services.”
Together Kai and ALTÁN Redes are focused on expanding internet access across Mexico, especially in rural communities with limited coverage. By 2024, ALTÁN’s goal is to reach 92.2% of the population, and advance its social coverage to reach the 7.2% of Mexicans living in towns with less than 5,000 inhabitants by 2022. By improving mobile internet availability and speed, Kai and ALTÁN Redes will open the door to invaluable digital resources related to education, healthcare, and banking services for millions of people for the first time.
“Our network is known as ‘The Shared Network’ due to our commitment to increasing mobile internet penetration across Mexico and offering the best technology (4.5G prepared for 5G) at the most accessible costs,” said Salvador Álvarez, CEO of Altán Redes. “We’re proud to partner with Kai to help millions of people in Mexico gain access to the internet for the first time; the KaiOS-enabled K26 is the perfect mobile device for our goal of connecting first time users to the internet.”
About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135 million devices shipped in over 150 countries. Kai’s mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.
About ALTÁN Redes
Mexican private company that develops and operates Red Compartida, the most important telecommunications project in recent years in Mexico. It is deploying state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide to 70% of the population coverage -before January 2022-, including an energetic nationwide program of social coverage deployment to areas of high marginalization and digital exclusion, with the intention to cover almost 100,000 localities of less than 250 inhabitants and more than 20,000 localities of less than 5,000 inhabitants. The technical capabilities and service experience of Altán-La Red Compartida network developed using 4.5G LTE technology over the 700 MHz spectrum, are currently the best offered, according to independent quality ranks published on the mobile market in Mexico.
Under a wholesale business model, it has more than 60 operators as wholesale clients, including the country’s main telecommunications operators and retail distributors, who sell the network’s services to the end-users. Altán-La Red Compartida network is developed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) contract with the Mexican Government to promote the vision of achieving a better and more connected country for its inhabitants, bringing Internet to everyone in the country. Altán’s commitment is to reach at least 92.2% of the Mexican population by 2024.
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