Mozilla announced in a statement on its blog on 5 November 2014 that Firefox OS will soon expand into Africa, including South Africa through MTN.
According to the organisation, MTN is one of three new key partners in the region who support the platform. The others two are Airtel and Tigo.
The three operators are the first carriers working with Mozilla to bring the first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa “soon”.
Rick Fant, Mozilla’s vice-president for planning and ecosystems, said that they are proud of the support Firefox OS has received from the three operators in Africa.
“The continued growth of Firefox OS holds great promise for enabling millions more people to access the mobile web at an affordable cost, while helping to remove control points in today’s closed mobile ecosystems,” Fant said.
Mozilla said that as of 5 November Firefox OS had launched with local partners in 25 markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia.
Asked for feedback on which Firefox OS devices it plans to launch, MTN chief marketing officer Larry Annetts declined to reveal any further details.
“MTN will not comment on its long term strategy with regards to envisaged partnerships,” Annetts said. “We will communicate any development to the market at the appropriate time.”