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Visafone Announces the Availability of the Motorola Milestone XT800 at the 2011 Africa CDMA Summit Hosted by the CDMA Development Group
Nigerian Operator Takes Advantage of OMH Program to Provide a High-End Android Smartphone for its Customers
LAGOS, NIGERIA — May 25, 2011 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) kicked off the 2011 Africa CDMA Summit today, where Nigerian operator Visafone announced the immediate availability of the Motorola Milestone™ XT800.
The XT800 is an Android smartphone developed by Motorola as part of the CDG’s Open Market Handset (OMH) initiative to increase device availability, operator flexibility and consumer choice in CDMA2000® devices. Currently enjoying commercial success on the open market in India, this high-end smartphone is now exclusively available to Visafone’s customers in Nigeria as the flagship device in its CDMA2000 product portfolio.
“Visafone’s launch of the Motorola Milestone XT800 is an example of what the OMH program is intended to accomplish by creating greater device variety and flexible distribution channels for operators,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “We hope this smartphone launch will encourage other CDMA operators to benefit from the OMH program when looking to bring high-end devices with proven success to Africa.”
OMH devices move operator-specific network configuration, service provisioning and subscriber-identity data onto an OMH SIM card rather than in the handset’s internal memory. A device developed to the OMH standard is therefore designed independent of the operator, since it will work with any operator’s OMH SIM. This results in devices that can be sold on the “open market” and used by multiple operators, and provides consumers with a greater selection of CDMA2000 devices and the mobile data services they desire. The open market model also improves device time-to-market, expands distribution channels and reduces inventory risk for manufacturers and operators. Visafone is currently one of 17 operators in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam that support the OMH initiative.
“Our customers have clearly expressed their demand for a greater variety of Android-based devices, and we are excited to offer the Motorola Milestone XT800 to our customers," said Sailesh Iyer, Managing Director and CEO of Visafone. "The XT800 has already proven to be a successful Android smartphone in other CDMA markets such as India, and because of OMH we are able to add Nigeria to the list."
The Motorola Milestone XT800 offers CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO Rev. A connectivity in the 800 and 1900 MHz frequency bands. It utilizes the Android 2.1 mobile phone platform, which has access to over 350 thousand applications for use on the handset’s WVGA zoom capacitive touch display, music player and video player. Users can also access corporate email over Wi-Fi and store images taken with its 5 megapixel camera on up to 32GB of expandable memory.
"It is exciting to see Visafone and Motorola bringing this innovative smartphone to Nigeria," said James Munn, vice president of business development for Sub-Saharan Africa at Qualcomm Incorporated. "This launch exemplifies how OMH enables high-end Android smartphones to be developed and brought to market quickly, either for an open market environment or for exclusive distribution, and without requiring a lengthy, customized testing process."
Industry research firm IDC recently issued a white paper titled, “OMH: Unlocking the Open Market Potential for CDMA Devices,” which explores the opportunity for operators and manufacturers to succeed with OMH. The white paper can be downloaded at http://www.cdg.org/resources/files/white_papers/OMH_IDC_White_Paper_Mar2011.pdf.
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