The model of the first ever Egyptian-manufactured smartphone was seen handed over to the President, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Cairo ICT 2017 Conference. This was done by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Yasser El Kady.
A product of the Ministry of Communication-affiliated SICO Technology, this smartphone came to the dawn of day with an invested sum of USD22.5 million in the company’s factory in Assiut. This company has 5 production lines spread across 4,520 square meters, and has a total capacity of manufacturing 1.8 million such devices yearly.
SICO mobile phones are now the first in the industry with a percentage of 45% local component to be labelled local brand.
Starting from December 15, retailing will start for the 4G smartphone at an average price of $112 under the brand name ‘Nilex’. The phone has some exciting specifications, which include a 13 megapixel dual camera, fingerprint sensor, 4GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 5.7 HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat and a fast-charging feature.
From a statement released by the Ministry of Communication, subscriptions to mobile phones alone recorded 110% by January with 98.2 million users and mobile internet recorded 26.16 million users by the same month.