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More ICT solutions underway as Vihaan Networks eyes Nigerian market

It is good time for Nigerian information communication technology (ICT) solutions consumers as world manufacturers and vendors of ICT products are showing keen interest in the country’s burgeoning market.

Nigeria’s large and growing market with high percentage of the younger generation presents a huge and compelling investment opportunities, especially in the ICT sector which is one the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

One of the latest interests in the market is coming from Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL), a leading IT company in India which says it is determined to fully launch into the Nigeria with its sustainable, mobile and broadband solutions, including the 4G LTE for rural and remote locations.

The company which is already operating in many countries of the world and prides itself as the world’s largest Green Mobile Network promises Nigerian consumers good deal with its Digital Village solutions which offers e-education, e-governance and e-health components that will be major attractions for Nigeria’s ICT market.

Ankit Khanna, the general manager, channel sales worldwide of the company, who spoke in a session on ‘Emerging Technologies and their Impact on Economic Development’ at the just concluded 4th Indo-Africa ICT Expo in Lagos, stressed the need for partnership among countries to reap the full benefits of new technologies.

The company’s products are already deployed in various sectors of the Indian economy and Khanna sees the need for Nigeria to embrace the 3As of connecting the unconnected, namely Accessibility, Availability and Affordability, noting that this has worked out well in India.

He highlighted the company’s 4G LTE Telecom system recently introduced into the market which he described as a rugged systems designed and developed with due consideration for high speed voice and data connectivity, particularly for African rural and remote areas.

“VNL’s LTE portfolio consists of compact, power-efficient systems which guarantee a superior radio performance and flexibility in various scenarios. The Self-Organizing-Network can self-configure, self-connect, self-heal and self-optimize. The LTE portfolio also consists of do-it-yourself installations, which can be setup in less than a few hours”, he assured.

VNL’s connectivity solutions have been appreciated globally for offering low CAPEX and low OPEX in low ARPU regions. Because the offerings come with the company’s vision of creating sustainable and environment-friendly products, the deployed sites can be 100 percent solar powered.

A major advantage of solar power is that it can run without electricity for days and can be deployed in areas bereft of roads and basic infrastructural facilities.

Additionally, the LTE systems can cover a variety of deployments such as remote enterprises (mines, off-shore fields, shipping yards); remote islands and forests, disaster and public aid agencies, homeland security communication solutions.

VNL’s global telecom deployments have enabled the rural and remote citizens enjoy the benefits of e-governance, telemedicine, e-education and more,” he declared.

 

CHUKA UROKO

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