An international company based in Konya is rapidly cornering the market for telephones in East Africa.
GV EXTERIOR International Aeradio's workshop.
GV & SV INTERIOR Men assembling telephones (3 shots)
CU Man with electric screw-driver.
SV Men putting in telephone bells. CU same. (3 shots)
SV Man testing complete telephone
CU man packing telephone (2 shots)
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Background: An international company based in Konya is rapidly cornering the market for telephones in East Africa.
The company, International Aeradio, has set up a telephone assembly line - the first of its kind in East Africa - and several large orders have already been won. Fifty-one percent of the company's shares belong to the East African Airways Corporation and, therefore, indirectly to the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The other 49 percent is held by the parent company basad in London.
At present the assembly workshop in Nairobi employs 14 men and produces about 150 telephones a day. Current orders being worked on are 2,300 instruments for Zambia and several hundred more for export to Abu Dhabi on the Arabian Gulf. Several African hotels, government offices and commercial enterprises have already been supplied with the Kenyan-made telephones.
International Aeradio officials say it takes about six months to train one of the assembly operators, and about two years for the training of supervisors. At present the workshop's output is being affected by a shortage of materials, due to the oil crisis. The company also produces a limited amout of other electronic equipment, including sound systems, communications equipment, scientific instruments and broadcasting and television equipment.