Mozilla recently announced the initiative to develop its mobile platform Firefox OS which aims for $25 Smartphone. In order to support its plan, Mozilla establishes partnership with many mobile phone operators and vendors in Indonesia, such as Telkomsel, Indosat, and Polytron. The initiative was announced during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona.
Up until recently, Firefox OS was available in 15 countries and with 21 operators. Polytron will add to the partnership list that has already featured Alcatel, ZTE, Huawei, and LG. In order to support the low cost smartphone, Firefox OS is working with China-based Spreadtrum to develop SC6821 Chipset that provides cheap WCDMA and EDGE solutions. Firefox OS is targeting customers in developing countries, who feel that Android-based smartphone is still too expensive.
As one of the Firefox OS’ partner, Telkomsel will support Firefox OS for its development in Indonesia. Marketing Director of Telkomsel, Alistair Johnston, said, “Telkomsel will support Mozilla and its Spreadtrum solution. Moreover, we are aiming that every Indonesian people will have their own smartphone and Telkomsel as the main factor in the development and enrichment of DNA (Device-Network-Application) ecosystem in Indonesia.”
President Director and CEO of Indosat Alexander Rusli stated, “Indosat as the leader of communication provider in Indonesia is ready to give its full support for Firefox OS. This will be parallel with our goal for 2014, which is to provide the best experience for our beloved customers.”
Similar statement also came from CEO of Polytron Hariono. He claimed that Polytron is ready to support the development, distribution, and promotional activities of Firefox OS-based smartphone.
The partnership itself is not the first time for Indonesia-based operators. Not so long ago, Smartfren established partnership with Canonical to promote Ubuntu Phone in 2014.