Mobile Operators from around the world selected
Kai as a growth leader in Consumer Services

Hong Kong, 4 February 2019 –The GSMA has named KaiOS Technologies to the ‘GSMA 100’, a global innovation discovery initiative designed to identify the world’s most promising growth-stage companies and advance the next generation of connectivity and digital services.

Kai is the maker of KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones. Together with carriers and device makers from around the world, they’re bringing affordable feature phones to emerging markets to help bridge the digital divide.

“We are thrilled to be included in the ‘GSMA 100’ with other organizations who are working tirelessly towards global connectivity,” said Sebastien Codeville, Chief Executive Officer, KaiOS Technologies. “It’s our hope that we’ll achieve a more inclusive mobile ecosystem and that together we can close the digital divide in both emerging as well as established markets.”

“We welcome KaiOS Technologies to the GSMA 100. The GSMA 100 companies are leaders in categories that are poised to drive digital transformation and industry growth,” said Laxmi Akkaraju, Chief Strategy Officer, GSMA. “We look forward to working with Kai to unlock business development and investment opportunities and champion innovation in our industry.”

Kai joins the second cohort of the GSMA 100. This includes: AppOnBoardCinarraCloudifyCUJOAI, DefinedCrowd, Genus AI, Invisible Systems, IoTium, Jiminy, Limitless, Litmus AutomationLumina Networks, MessageniusSecureHome, UserTribeVilynx, and Zeotap.

KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. The mobile operating system supports 4G/LTE, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. The platform enables a new category of affordable smart feature phones that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through services like Google Assistant, Facebook, Google Maps, YouTube, and Twitter.

The GSMA 100 represents the innovation priorities of mobile operators around the world. Companies are referred into the programme through investment and key partners. Contributors to the GSMA 100 to date include: include América Móvil, Blumberg Capital, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, EIT Digital, Etisalat, Telecom Italia, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, KPN Ventures, MegaFon, MTN Group, Orange, Rogers Communications, Sony Innovation Fund, Telefónica, Telenor Group, Telstra Ventures, US Cellular and Vodafone, among others.

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About KaiOS Technologies

KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the emerging mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 50 million active users in over 20 countries. Kai’s mission is to help close the digital divide 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,  YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps, and Twitter.

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

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