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Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

Rep decries under-utilization of mobile capacity in Nigeria

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Nigeria-US Relations/Inter-’Parliamentary, Hon Johnson Agbonayinma, on Tuesday lamented that 50 percent of Nigeria’s mobile capacity is under-utilized due to lack of service.
This is even as the federal lawmaker declared that available facts on smart device connectivity in Nigeria indicate that 125 million smart device users are not getting consistent network connectivity from a single provider.
Agbonayinma, who is representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha federal constituency of Edo State in the Houe of Representatives, said these at the unveiling the Cloud Cover Networking Switch device which he said will revolutionise the telecoms industry and create a lot of jobs for Nigerian youths.
The Cloud Cover CC1 MiFi device, is an Internet MifI device that makes use of all available network signals within its range to optimise the browsing experience for its users.
The federal legislator further lamented that Africa, especially Nigeria, is still lagging behind despite great advancements recorded in the western world in an age of information technology.
According to him, “available facts on smart device connectivity in Nigeria indicate that 125 million smart device users are not getting consistent network connectivity from a single provider while 50 percent of the country’s mobile capacity is under-utilized due to lack of service.”
The lawmaker who described Nigeria as a fertile ground for business, encouraged more investors to come and explore the opportunities in the country, just as he underscored the job opportunities such investments will generate.
He said “They (Cloud Cover) will engage a lot of the youths and as you can see across the country today they have distributors and they are doing excellently well. And they are also doing well for themselves and taking care of their families.
“So I am also using this opportunity to encourage other investors that Nigeria is a fertile ground. I believe Nigeria is a good country, a good nation despite all the odds, guess what something good can come out of Nigerians”, he said.
He stressed further said all the benefits are not restricted to Nigeria alone, stressing that the new product has partners with multiple international service providers in over 100 countries, including the US and UK which enables browsing and constant connectivity.
Speaking earlier, the founder and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Cloud Cover Distribution, Nick Dixon, who said mobile data which used to be luxury is now a necessity, said with the new product, there is now an ability to switch and travel abroad without having to carry many phones and gadgets.
Dixon added that he and his partners from China worked long and hard to design and develops the product specifically for the Nigeria market.
The focus of the product, he said, is to ensure that consumers enjoy domestic connectivity and quick traveling.

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