By Prince Osuagwu
Frontline mobile technology innovators and one of the world leaders in next-generation mobile technologies, Qualcomm Incorporated has announced arrival into the country with the opening of a Lagos office.
The office, QCOM Wireless Technologies Limited, is going to be a wholly-owned subsidiary, to serve as the company’s hub for West African business operations.
The office will provide support to mobile operators and device manufacturers serving countries throughout the region, including Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Cameroon.
Announcing the opening of the office at a cocktail party at Eko Hotels Victoria Island, yesterday, Senior Director, Business Development and Managing Director of Qualcomm’s West Africa operations, Alexander Dadson, said his company has always supported growth and development of the West Africa ICT sector.
He added that “we are collaborating with regional partners to make cost-efficient 3G mobile devices and services more readily available.
“We are aware that leading research organisations have estimated that roughly half of Nigeria’s population lives in rural areas, much of which is beyond the reach of fixed line broadband solutions.
Again, the high cost of traditional computing devices, such as desktop computers and laptops, also create barriers to reaching West Africa’s consumers. So we are offering our integrated, single-chip solutions which are enabling our partners to offer Internet-capable 3G devices that support different tiers of market needs – from high-end smartphones to low-cost handsets”, he added.
He also stated that the company’s engineering services group was also working in collaboration with operators to assist in deployment of cost-efficient wireless networks for both dense urban areas and rural regions.
Dadson also committed Qualcomm to supporting its partners regardless of which 3G CDMA technology path they choose.
“We also recognise that fulfilling the industry’s promise of anywhere, anytime wireless voice and data services will not be easy; it will take time, resources and close partnerships with policymakers and operators to make this vision a reality.
Our new Lagos office would not only reflect Qualcomm’s long-term commitment to the region, but it will also allow us to maintain close proximity to the people, governments and important industry events that are driving the West Africa ICT sector forward”, he added.