Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018


The Information and Communications Technology industry has the potential to fuel economic growth in Nigeria and other African countries, a global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, has said. To achieve this, telecoms carriers in Africa should focus on providing customers with a great user experience in order to get new value-driven growth, the firm said. The Chief Technology Officer of Huawei’s Carrier Network Business Group, Paul Scanlan, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja. Scanlan spoke at AfricaCom, a pan-African technology, telecoms and media event. “The ICT industry can play a crucial role in fueling new growth in Africa through increased economic activity, innovation and productivity,” he said. He noted that with a fast growing population, the ICT demands in Nigeria and other African countries were far from being met. The firm stated that latest statistics from the International Telecommunication Union showed that proportion of households with Internet access in Africa for 2017 was 18 per cent, while fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in Africa for 2016 was 0.26 per cent.