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Can a Phone “Made in Rwanda” Compete with Those “Made in China”? We’re About to Find Out.

Photo via Mara Phones.

The first truly African-made smartphone is now available for sale. And when they say “African made” they aren’t kidding. While other phones have been assembled in Africa with components imported from Asia, the Mara Phone is made entirely of parts manufactured in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa.

That’s a great story and no doubt helps Mara to better position itself in an intensely competitive marketplace.  But will it be enough?

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