POSITION OF STRENGTH

Ghana 2018 | TELECOMS & IT | COLUMN

TBY talks to Ramy Hashem , Country Senior Officer, Nokia Ghana, on the sector.

Ramy Hashem

Can you give us an overview of Nokia's operations in Ghana?

We have actively been operating in the country for the last 19 years, first as Alcatel-Lucent and for the last three as Nokia. Ghana is a growing market for Nokia, with ultra-broadband access and IP networking at top of our priorities list for the country and region. Our business here is strongly aligned to positioning us as a market leader that competes from a position of strength from all perspectives—from our technology portfolio and geographical reach to our operational plans. We have seen tremendous growth over the past few years in ultra-broadband connectivity with LTE, fiber, and IP networks. Africa is a vast region with various needs for connectivity and needs basic infrastructure in some areas and high-quality broadband connectivity in others.

What challenges does Nokia see in Ghana and how will you overcome them?

The mobile market still has growth potential and displayed stable signs of organic subscriber uptake in 2016, performing in line with market researchers' forecasts. We anticipate the market will still grow in the coming years since customers' expectations of speed and reliability have yet to be met at prices they can afford.