African govts must encourage mobile phones’ use—Umunakwe, HMD MD

African govts must encourage mobile phones’ use—Umunakwe, HMD MD

By Tunde Osho

HMD, the manufacturer of Nokia Mobile Phones, has urged African governments to create an environment that will open the economy up for the use of mobile phones to drive digital financial inclusion.

According to the company, the telecommunication space has evolved such that mobile phones now serve as an opportunity for people to create mobile money account to drive the financial inclusion agenda.

Speaking to Citi Business News, Ghana on the issue, the General Manager of HMD Global in charge of West, East and Central Africa, Joseph Umunakwe said mobile technology can be used to improve economic growth.

“The link between mobile phones and economic development is very real and I think countries including Ghana are all getting there to use electronic devices to push economic development.”

Umunakwe announced that HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has outdoored the Nokia 1, which is to be available to buy in Ghana.

“A breakthrough in accessible technology, the Nokia 1 delivers smartphone essentials, refreshingly familiar design and the reassuring quality of a Nokia phone to fans around the world. Running the latest Android Oreo™ (Go edition), a version of Android for devices with 1GB RAM or less , the Nokia 1 delivers extraordinary value with an exceptional experience encompassing all the features Ghanaians expect from a quality smartphone.”

The Nokia 1 is the champion of giving more people access to technology. With the reassuring quality and design expected of a Nokia smartphone, it keeps users connected with all their smartphone essentials and apps.

With a quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, 4G connectivity and dual SIM, the Nokia 1 elevates everything Ghanaians love about feature phones in an accessible smartphone package. Combining a removable 2150 mAh battery and power-efficient IPS display, its hardware works with the optimised apps so users can make the most out of each charge.

The Nokia 1 brings a refreshingly familiar Nokia phone design featuring the iconic ‘Nokia smile’ in a fresh new package. Available globally in Warm Red and Dark Blue, users can also give their Nokia 1 a makeover thanks to the Xpress-on covers which come in a range of vibrant colours.

Designed with the same attention to detail as the phone’s original cover, users can simply click on and off in seconds to express their personal style with these exchangeable covers. Inherently coloured, the tough two-tone polycarbonate cover is ready to take on every day knocks and bumps with its durable design.

Umunakwe, said: “There are more than 1.3 billion feature phone users around the world, many from markets in Africa. As the value market leader in feature phones, we understand the barriers and challenges people face when it comes to the step up to a smartphone, which is why we’ve made our most accessible smartphone ever. With the Nokia 1, we have combined the reassuring quality and design of a Nokia smartphone with the latest Android Oreo™ (Go edition) software to deliver exceptional value and realise our dream of creating a complete smartphone experience, accessible to everyone.”

HMD Global Oy, branded as HMD, is a Finnish company affiliated with Nokia. Operating since December 2016, the firm develops and markets smartphones and feature phones under the “Nokia” brand name. The company has exclusive rights to the brand for mobile phones through a licensing agreement. It was created by inheriting Microsoft Mobile’s feature phone business, which was sold by Nokia in 2014. They are in a “close partnership” with Google and use the Android software on their smartphones, whereas on their feature phones the Series 30+ platform is mainly used. The HMD brand is only used for corporate purposes and does not appear in advertising, whereas the name Nokia Mobile is used on social media.