Jolla, Finnish company behind Sailfish mobile operating system, unveiled on Wednesday a new partnership with African cellphone manufacturer mi-Fone, and showed the first phone using Sailfish of its Indian partner Intex, which is due to go on sale first week of May.

Jolla’s Sailfish OS, the mobile operating system offering a true independent choice to the existing US-based operating systems is continuing strong in its licensing strategy. Since Jolla has struggled over the years – any new partnerships come at a good time for the company.

“In 4-5 years we have been operating we have run out of money 4-5 times,” Chairman Antti Saarnio said at a news conference on sidelines of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. He said the firm has raised investments of almost 70 million dollars and got last financing round in place last December.

With today’s partnership announcements, and the unveiling of Intex’s Aqua Fish smart phone, Jolla’s regional strategy – focusing especially to BRICS countries – is now taking big steps.

“Jolla is here, Sailfish is here, and we are here to stay,” Saarnio stated.

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