Global trends demonstrate governments are focusing on Smart City projects with impact already felt in transport, buildings, travel, work, agriculture and land use, services/smart industry and grids (including smart homes).
To this end, Ericsson Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to Nigeria to pay critical attention to the three transformative technologies that together will transform every city- mobility, broadband and cloud.
Speaking during his maiden press conference, Rutger Reman, newly appointed as the vice president, head, Customer Unit and managing director, Ericsson Nigeria, said that with Ericsson as number one in ‘City Connectivity’ across the globe; a record proven by 40% of the world's mobile traffic carried over its networks, the Company is committed to digitalizing Nigeria.
In this role, Reman is responsible for leading Ericsson’s operations in Nigeria by supporting customers in achieving their strategic objectives using Ericsson Technology and Services.
He joined the company in Sweden over 20 years ago having started his professional career at the Swedish operator, Telia where he worked for several years. He holds a wealth of experience in Project Management, Product Management, Operations, Marketing and Sales garnered from leading various projects for a vast number of customers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa since 2004.
Reman who spoke on ‘Digitalising Nigeria: The role of Ericsson’ said that adequate broadband services will enhance Nigerians’ productivity level and enthuse them with mobility while embracing cloud solutions in the areas of banking (mobile money), education, health, transportation, security, among others.
Specifically, the President and MD, Ericsson Nigeria stressed the need for stakeholders in the information communications (ICT) space in Nigeria to close ranks and ensure the success of mobile money in the country.
He said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Communications Technology Ministry, deposit money banks (DMBs), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant stakeholders in the industry to ensure that the scheme succeeded because of its overwhelming benefits to the economy.
Reman, said the punitive cost of printing, maintaining and managing cash would be reduced to the barest minimum while the CBN will be able to ascertain the quantity of currency in circulation at every given period of time.
According to him, mobile money will reduce the incidence of frauds, dangers to life associated with carrying huge cash, deepen financial inclusion.
He said the firm’s m-commerce solutions has edge in proactive maintenance to increase quality and lower cost, evolve from traditional business to business (B2B) relationship to direct B2C, secure and capture after-market sales through customer intimacy. He added that it enables new revenue streams and innovative partnerships
“The solution is explicitly tailored to provide a new channel enabling financial inclusion, providing easy-to-use and secure next-generation mobile financial services, including those who do not have access to traditional banking services.
‘’Ericsson m-commerce solution includes the development of a mobile money platform, systems integration, learning services, managed services and support,” he said.
He reaffirmed that 40 per cent of global mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks with leadership position in Long Term Evolution (LTE ) in world’s top 100 cities.
According to him, ICT enablement facilitated by the technology giant include smart transport, smart buildings, smart travel, smart work, smart agriculture and land use, smart services/smart industry, smart grids (including smart homes).
He said 70 per cent of the world’s population would live in cities by 2050; 1.8 billion would experience water scarcity by 2025; 2 billion vehicles on the roads in the world by 2035.
He said technology would help address the wastage in the power and water sectors, adding in the area of waste management, technology has done wonders.
Also, Fisayo Araoye, head of Network Products, said the in-building wireless market would more than double by 2020, to reach about $6 billion; Indoor wireless data traffic would grow more than 600 per cent by 2020.
She said that in accordance with the market demand, Ericsson launched Pico RBS 6402 and Radio Dot System to offer users seamless connectivity experience and competitive advantages through “Real time, traffic steering, combined cell, LAA, carrier and aggregation”.
Already 76 telecom operators across 56 countries are already using the Radio Dot System to enhance their network, with the possibility of availability in Nigeria before year end.