Mrs Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology
By Emma Okonji
The recent Global Connectivity Index (GCI) ratings released by Huawei, ranked Nigeria 47 out of 50 countries that were surveyed. It however rated Nigeria among the top three emerging broadband markets.
According to the survey, Nigeria has a small fixed base but huge potential in the uptake of mobile products as she is one of the world’s largest mobile subscriber markets and offers impressive opportunities primarily in the mobile broadband space, where rapid m-Commerce uptake is driving market growth.
The survey also ranked Nigeria as the highest number of internet users in Africa, all of which accumulates to an improved potential within the country.
From the ranking, majority of developed countries are ‘leaders’ in the Global Index Connectivity survey, as the United States ranks the highest among surveyed countries with Sweden, Singapore and Switzerland are following each other on the ranking list.
Chile, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), top the list of developing markets, with all three ranking below twenty in the overall global ranking.
The Global Connectivity Index ratings were released at the Huawei Cloud Congress (HCC) West Africa 2015 in Lagos recently.
The survey covered 50 countries including Nigeria, as well as 90 per cent of the world’s population. The GCI survey sheds light on the growing opportunities around the world.
All economies are digitising, and the GCI provides a guide of who is ahead, who is behind, why, and who is poised to move up or back.
Announcing the survey result, President of Huawei Western Africa Region, Mr. Peng Song, said: “Overall, the 2015 GCI shows that 20 per cent growth in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment will increase a country’s GDP by 1 per cent. It also identifies five enablers of digital transformation – Data Centres, Cloud Services, Big Data, Broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoTs). These technologies represent the targets that stakeholders should focus their investments on in order to most efficiently transform their economies for the digital age.”
Developing market leaders are characterised by strong mobile adoption and overall access that is often comparable to developed markets, while typically lagging behind in terms of data centre investment and other core elements of ICT infrastructure. Datacenter investment by developed countries is three times that of developing countries, which is the major catalyst of cloud proliferation, Song said.
Based on the GCI findings, Huawei came up with three commendations for a better connected West Africa, to include increasing data centre investment, developing economies need to moving from investing in supply to building demand and learning from developing countries’ success, to become leaders in GCI.
According to Song, “The Global Connectivity Index is not merely a ranking of countries. We see it as a platform to partner with policymakers and enterprise leaders to identify, harness, and create new digital economy opportunities with the aim of building a better connected West Africa.”
Huawei forecasts that by 2025, as many as 100 billion connections will be generated globally, 90 per cent of which will come from intelligent sensors. This increase will be attributed to enterprises becoming enabled by the internet.
Huawei explained that leveraging connectivity to streamline business processes, would not only reduce costs and improve efficiency, but would also enable enterprises to drive innovation and move the focus from a consumer driven internet to an industrial one.
“Make Information Technology (IT) simple, and make business agile. It is an amazing era with rapid growth and data explosion. In this dynamic environment, Huawei will continue to invest in IT industry, and will continue to emphasise on the concept of being integrated, customer-centric and providing customers with innovative, differentiated, leading-edge products and solutions,” Song said.
Huawei launched the FusionCloud Solution and OceanStor V3 Converged Storage solutions at the Huawei Cloud Congress, where Accenture, Etisalat, Fidelity Bank, Intel, SAP and other Huawei partners, shared the cases of deploying Huawei enterprise business solutions to enable business success.