Nigeria will soon become proud indigenous manufacturers of mobile phones. President of PAPDAN, Mr Godfrey Iyke Nwosu, who disclosed the plan at the inaugural edition of the monthly Technopreneurship Breakfast Meeting, said that the Made in Nigeria phone brands is the outcome of a joint venture among 20 Nigerian investors who have pooled resources to introduce devices that will cater to local market needs.
The two new phone brands will be called iQ and MaxTel. The meeting was hosted by TECHNOLOGY TIMES for business leaders and SMBs in Lagos. Nwosu stated that PAPDAN has identified a growing appetite for cutting-edge technologies among Nigerian telecoms consumers. He also said that two Nigerian brands would cater to three market segments in the feature, medium and smart phone segments to offer choice to consumers.
The Nigerian telecommunications industry is a booming market for diverse handsets and devices range catering for mobile phone users numbering as the industry grew into 120,362,218 active lines as at July 2013, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator.
Major business leaders, CEOs of businesses in Ikeja Computer Village, key market association including the leadership of Computers and Allied Products Dealers Associations (CAPDAN), PAPDAN, NACET, among others were present at the event. The PAPDAN President told the gathering that the planned introduction of the new phones would provide homegrown solutions for the Nigerian technology market.
How the Nigerian market will receive this is yet to be seen as foreign mobile phones has presently stolen the hearts of the Nigerian mobile phone users. Do you think the iQ and MaxTel can replace the numerous Samsung, BB and Nokia phones in the Nigeria pockets today? Leave a comment below or join the conversation on our facebook page or tweet at us