Mobile-XL, a USA based mobile technology company has announced a collaboration with Nokia to start embedding its SMS based browser in mobile phones for selected African markets. As early as March 2009, a select series of Nokia handsets shipping into Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will be equipped with the firms XLBrowser software service.
Commenting on the pilot in East Africa, Agatha Gikunda, marketing manager for messaging and internet services, Sub-Saharan Africa said, "Outfitting Nokia handsets with the XLBrowser is a great opportunity to provide SMS based services through a graphical, easy-to-use interface,"
Guy Kamgaing-Kouam, CEO of Mobile-XL shared, "We are excited about our collaboration with Nokia, a company that shares the same commitment to quality, customer experience and empowerment of the bottom of the pyramid. We have been working on it for almost a year now and are pleased to finally see the service officially go live in these countries.
The reach and clout they provide, combined with the XLBrowser’s simple and affordable user access to global and local information, allows us to make an immense impact on real lives in underserved markets. With this collaboration, we are taking a gigantic step toward realizing our mission of bridging the digital divide."