Motorola to increase presence in Africa

Motorola Solutions plans to expand its presence in Africa as the demand for for mission-critical communications, two-way radios and next-generation wireless networks increases in the continent.

Earlier this year, Motorola split into two units: Motorola Mobility which houses the firm’s mobile and home units; and Motorola Solutions which addresses products targeted at the enterprise and government to Motorola Solutions. Africa, especially Nigeria is seeing an increase in the use of the latest digital two-way radio technology that provides entities – particularly the army and police, construction companies, manufacturing firms and oil and gas companies with clearer, more reliable communication and the necessary tools to improve functionality in the workplace.

Nicolas Coussinoux, Regional Sales Manager, Motorola Solutions, noted that the company was developing a strategic plan to deepen its presence on the continent.

He further stressed that Nigeria was a very important market for Motorola. The firm has a strong presence in Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, and has done business in Zambia, Malawi and Namibia.

He pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa is one of the fastest growing economies outside of Asia and cited that the company already has a strong channel model, which it will develop, but will also invest in facilities in Africa.

Commenting on some of the enhanced features on the two-way radio, Coussinoux said that the two-way digital radios are scalable over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Using IP technology, Coussinoux added that multiple locations can be connected over the internet using Motorola’s IP Site Connect.