Maraphone plans to manufacture affordable smart phone in Nigeria


MARAPHONE, a mobile phone manufacturing company has said that it is exploring the possibility of establishing manufacturing plant in Nigeria.  Ashish Thakkar, chief executive officer of the company said the plant would enable them to produce affordable smart phones in the country.

Thakkar made this known in a statement in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. He said the vision of the commission for broadband expansion and the manufacturing of telecommunications devices in Nigeria was impressive.

He said that the positive interaction with the NCC had made Maraphone more excited about the prospects of its planned project in Nigeria. “This visit has been very fruitful and I am extremely impressed with the depth and breadth of what NCC is doing, the true impact that they are creating and the vision that they have for broadband deployment. We are very excited to play our little role in helping this vision come to life,” he said.

In his response, Prof. Umar Danbatta executive vice chairman, NCC, said the telecommunications industry in Nigeria needed to go further towards manufacturing devices that Nigerians could use to access robust telecoms services.

Danbatta said the regulatory body was trying to expand broadband connectivity by addressing infrastructure deficit in the country. He said the Commission had already licensed six infrastructure companies that would be deploying broadband infrastructure in the country.

He said this underscored the commitment of the Nigerian government to the expansion of broadband facilities. “When the massive capacity in data at the landing point is driven into the hinterland, Nigerians will need affordable smart phones for accessing broadband services.

“This establishes the correlation between the vision of the Commission and that of Maraphone. All investors are welcome as the investment space is big and competition helps to bring down prices,” he said.

– July 12, 2019 @ 16:55 GMT |

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