This Day (Lagos)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: A3&O Telecoms Repositions, to Expand Across Africa

Telecommunications service company, A3&O has concluded plans to spread its services across the African continent and also make inroad into key European nations.

This, the company said, was part of its broad plan to grow from being an African company into a truly multi-national telecoms service firm.

Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Sameh Abdelaziz, made the disclosure during the company's 10th year anniversary held in Lagos recently during which it rewarded customers and stakeholders with a wide range of electronic and household equipment.

According to Abdelaziz, "with offices in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa, A3&O has partnered with top telecommunication equipment manufacturers around the globe delivering products, services and solutions over the last decade." He explained that the company's dream was to have strongholds in all the countries in Africa.

"A3&O, today, has several ongoing projects around Africa in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia and many other countries. We are one of the very few companies of Nigerian origin that exhibits in international events like the GSM World Congress in Barcelona and many other international events."

Abdelaziz said:"Early this year, the Federal Government of Nigeria awarded A3&O the signalling contract for Nigerian Railways. These are some the strides we are making. Our vision is to grow from an African company to a truly multinational with presence across the African and European continents. Our plan is to have presence in each country in Africa and Europe. We have competent and well-trained Nigerians, who are helping to push our brand due to their competency and we are building our reputation based on quality and expertise."

He added that the company has grown enough to manage end-to-end solutions, with focus on bringing innovations to the industry, but lamented the situation where Nigeria has no basic infrastructure to support businesses, despite having the right technology to become one of the biggest manufacturing nations of the world.

According to him, "power is a major problem and it is not good for business. If there is focus on basic infrastructure like power supply, I am sure that Nigeria is going to grow faster than any country in Africa. Power is basic and every other thing follows."

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