Computing in Africa ia about to make a transformation, most especially Nigeria as Wewi Telecommunications, a Canadian company, has introduced a solar-powered laptop into the Nigerian market.
Sun Operated Laptop (SOL) is presently the only sun-powered laptop in the world as it is 100 percent powered by the sun.
Saadina Dantata, Wewi chairman, said that the firm is working towards assembling the product in Nigeria, adding that it would establish customer service centres all over country, starting with the six geo-political zones.
He revealed that the company would send some Nigerians to Canada for training and would recruit some of the unemployed computer graduates to assist in the technical aspect of the job.
The chairman pointed out the company is already in talks with some government agencies like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to see if the product could be used for the conduct of its activities, including elections.
“We have demonstrated the product to INEC and they believe that this is the way to go”.
According to him, the laptop comes with a one year warranty that covers every aspect of the laptop and cost below N100,000.
Roland Carlson, Chief Technical Officer of the company, noted that 25 percent of the global population has no access to electricity, adding that the product has its potential in Africa considering the abundant solar energy in the region.