Nigeria has been named among the top three emerging broadband markets in the first Global Connectivity Index (GCI) on West Africa released by Huawei Technologies. The report covered 50 countries and 90% of the world’s population, highlighting growing opportunities globally.
The President of Huawei Western Africa Region Mr. Peng Song who released the GCI at the just concluded Huawei Cloud Congress (HCC) West Africa 2015 held in Lagos at the weekend said Nigeria has a small fixed base but huge potential in the uptake of mobile products.
Stating that Nigeria is one of the world’s largest mobile subscriber markets offering impressive opportunities primarily in the mobile broadband space where rapid m-Commerce uptake is driving market growth, he said , “Nigerians are the highest number of internet users in Africa all of which accumulates to an improved potential within the country.
Overall, the 2015 GCI, according to him, showed that 20% growth in ICT investment will increase a country’s GDP by 1%.
“The Global Connectivity Index is not merely a ranking of countries. We see it as a platform to partner with policymakers and enterprise leaders to identify, harness, and create new digital economy opportunities with the aim of building a better Connected West Africa,” he said.
By 2025, according to Huawei forecast, as many as 100 billion connections will be generated globally, 90 percent of which will come from intelligent sensors.
This increase, he said will be attributed to enterprises becoming enabled by the internet.
By leveraging connectivity to streamline business processes, reduce costs and improve efficiency, enterprises will drive innovation and move the focus from a consumer driven internet to an industrial one.
“It is an amazing era with rapid growth and data explosion. In this dynamic environment, Huawei will continue to invest in IT industry, emphasizing on the concept of being integrated, customer-centric and providing customers with innovative, differentiated, leading-edge products and solutions,” he added.