Urges Nigeria to be fully digitalized
For Rutger Reman Vice President, Head, Customer Unit And Managing Director Ericsson Nigeria. Ericsson is capable. Ericsson wants to make every city work. The world class company has through in-depth research and advanced technology been able to proffer solutions to challenges in housing, transportation, food and agriculture, urban divides, environment and many more. This is just the beginning, being part of the revolution is to go digital.
Reman when speaking recently on “Digitalizing Nigeria: The Role of Ericsson”, said- “the fifth technology evolution, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud computing, are available to digitize the entire Nigeria through smart cities development, if well embraced and adopted. Ericsson’s perspective, if well-articulated and adopted, is capable of reducing an organization’s information technology expenses by 55per cent.
According to him, Ericsson is passionate about digitizing Nigeria because the global the global technology evolution has made it necessary for Nigeria to go digital. For Nigeria to take advantage of the global revolution, the country must begin to invest in smart cities development.
He continued that for any nation to compete favourably on the global scene its activities must be digitalized. Nigeria is not left out. More so, looking at the global mobile equipment manufacturers’ prediction that more people would be connected, leading to an increase of 1.03 billion global mobile subscriptions in 2022.
For him, the situation would result to about 14 times increase in smart phone usage, with an estimated manufacturing of about 75 million cellular IoT devices that would connect more people by 2022.
“There is the need to make broadband world’s population will live in cities by 2050; 1.8 billion will experience water scarcity by 2025; 2 billion. The resultant effect of global growth would be increased growth of e-commerce, smart phone subscription on a daily basis, increase in Facebook subscriptions, increase in financial technology (FinTech) solutions and more crowd funding to boost technology startups. All these would lead to global industry transformation, which Nigeria and other African countries must take advantage of,” he added.
He said investment in smart cities is key to make these attainable.
Rutger Reman recently resumed as Vice President, Head of Customer Unit and Managing Director, Ericsson Nigeria. In this role, Rutger is responsible for leading Ericsson’s operations in Nigeria by supporting customers in achieving their strategic objectives using Ericsson Technology and Services.
Rutger 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.
Prior to assuming his current role, Rutger was Head, Customer Unit Industry and Society, Region Middle East, where he was responsible for driving business growth and capturing new market opportunities with a special focus on Energy and Utilities, Public Safety and Security, Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Cities.
Before that, he was Executive Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit OOREDOO based in Qatar.
Rutger was born in 1963, in Goteborg Sweden, where he was brought up and educated.
By Kehinde Olesin