Vodacom Apps Store hits 100,000 downloads

South African telco launches apps developer program to support local talent.
Vodacom Apps Store features over 140,000 applications powered by Appia.
Vodacom Apps Store features over 140,000 applications powered by Appia.

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South African telco Vodacom’s Apps Store has reached 100,000 downloads in the first month since its launch on September 1.

Following this, Vodacom is to launch the Vodacom Developer Program to support local talent in developing applications for its apps store. The program is to be launched in two places of Johannesburg on October 7 and Cape Town on October 10.

Prins Mhlanga, managing executive of digital media, Vodacom, said: “We see the Apps Store as the embryo of an ecosystem. We’re looking forward to building a network of successful local developers, so they can help develop apps that help South Africans.”

The program is to offer the local developer community information including tools to monetise apps, identify training opportunities in the mobile apps environment, and gain insight into Vodacom’s innovation incentives and available technical and commercial support.

The Vodacom Apps Store features over 140,000 applications powered by Appia, an open application marketplace. “The opportunities for further development in the Vodacom Apps Store are significant considering it supports all major platforms including Android, Blackberry, Java, Symbian and Windows Mobile,” said Mhlanga.

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