D-Link to Manufacture Networking Component in Nigeria

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D-Link International of Singapore has commenced the process that will lead to the manufacturing of computer Networking Components in Nigeria.

This will be the first of its kind initiative in Africa that will bring to light the quest to bridge the digital divide and aid Nigeria in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This development is the outcome of the recent strategic working visit of the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre and her entourage, to D-Link International of Singapore.

The week-long official visit and group professional meetings between D-Link representative led by The company President, Tony Tsao and the Minister's entourage which included, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Chris Uwaje, MD/CEO Connect Technologies and country consultant to D-Link International and Mayokun Ogedengbe, country manager, D-Link Nigeria.

Making these known in a statement, country manager, D-Link Nigeria, said that the project concept will be focused on IT Networking and Data communication infrastructure, Applications and related solutions.

He said that under this initiative the major objective and solutions will focus on total e-Government IP infrastructure Security Camera surveillance solutions adopting e-GIF models. It will also deliver e-Health and E-learning related infrastructure services.

Above all, the project objectives will enhance the ICT capacity building profile of Nigeria.

The Networking Component Manufacturing process according to the statement, will be delivered in three distinct phases. Phase one will comprise the Semi-Knocked-Down (SKD), component Assembly Phase. Followed by High-level component Research and Development (R & D) process incubation services - leading to the last phase, which will be the delivery of establishing a computer Networking component Manufacturing Plant in Nigeria.

The project concept will be focused on IT Networking and Data communication infrastructure, Applications and related solutions. Under this initiative the major objective and solutions will focus on total e-Government IP infrastructure Security Camera surveillance solutions, adopting e-GIF models. It will also deliver e-Health and e-learning related infrastructure services. Above all, the project objectives will enhance the ICT capacity building profile of Nigeria.

The proposed project according to the statement, will attract inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Nigeria, transformation of Nigeria into the Hub of activities in Africa as well as facilitation of e-Government growth and development in Nigeria.

It will also deliver the benefit of ICT capacity building and empowerment to the citizenry. Other benefits of the project includes e-service delivery to hospitals, clinics access to rural communities, border frontiers surveillance, ports, sea entry, oil and Gas pipeline monitoring, prison and police activities. All these benefits according to the statement, would improve ICT access in Nigeria and reduce the digital divide disadvantage to rural Nigeria.

Besides, the R & D component will prepare Nigeria for the 2020 mission and sustain her long-term development.

Informed by the potential value of the relationship between D-Link International and Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, it has now become a strategic imperative for D-Link to enter into a "strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) with the Federal Government of Nigeria," the statement added.

D-Link International Ltd is a Networking and Data communication manufacturing company. It was established in 1986 and has consistently grown its position in the data-communication segment of the IT industry.

Presently, the company is the world number one manufacturer of SMB networking components with a strong presence in over 160 countries all over the world. It boasts of a product portfolio of over 600 products and the company places a strong emphasis on research and development with over 1000 R & D engineers in four continents.

D-Link has also gone a step further in the building of manpower capacity for IT infrastructure. The company has been able to achieve this through its certification programme, DCE (D-Link Certified Engineer). The programme according to the statement is designed to enhance the knowledge base, networking capacity and skill-set of individuals rather than the award of certificates.

D-Link commenced full operations in Nigeria in 2007. Prior to this period, the brands product has already enjoyed market dominance in the networking and data communications market.

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