By Prince Osuagwu
Nigeria’s burgeoning mobile sector attracted yet another additional investor last week as Huawei Technologies Ltd, announced the introduction of series of mobile devices into the highly competitive Nigerian mobile phone market.
Huawei is regarded as one of the world’s biggest telecom service providers. It is also one of the prominent telecom Infrastructure providers for many telecom operators in Nigeria, playing in the B2B genre of the technology business for many years.
But now the company says its market survey has discovered a Nigeria with rich, untapped mobile market, begging to be explored.
As a way of grabbing its own share of the pie, the company rolled out an array of seven Qwerty plus touch android based smart phones hoping that they would delight Nigerians.
The flagship of the Android phones is the U8520, which is a dual sim smart phone that supports voice in one SIM and data on the other SIM. Unlike other dual-SIM smartphones the Huawei model has one SIM card slot that can work with 3G network, and the other slot compatible with the GSM network.
The new phone have varied features and styles targeted to meet individual needs ranging from full business (Smart phones) phones to full social networking, emails and internet browsing.
Boasting of high pixels, touch screens, hot spot/WiFi connectivity and sleek designs, the phones also run on the Android operating system which is the fastest growing operating system and targets young social networkers and those who have the youthful mind set.
Other models include the G1000+, G6150, G6005, U8650 and the Boulder U8350 smart phone as well as the S7 Slim Tablet. Though these are application-based high end level phones, Huawei promised that they were going to be affordable for the Nigerian customers.
Unveiling the series in Lagos the company’s Managing Director, Terminals, Mr Jacky Lee, promised that in the coming months, Nigerians from all business strata, social and economic status would have a phone that would help them bridge the digital divide without putting a hole in their pockets.