Chinese IT company and phone producer, Huawei, has said that it is looking to double its smartphone sales in Nigeria. The announcement comes after it launched the Ascend P6 smartphone in the West African country earlier this month.
The company hopes that it can sell some 200,000 phones in Nigeria by the end of December, Huawei’s Managing Director for consumer business Tony Liang said.
If successful, it would be twice the number of smartphones it sold last year in Nigeria, Bloomberg News reported. Huawei aims to become one of the top three smartphone vendors by 2018.
Nigeria had 117 million mobile subscribers as of June, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission, compared with a population of more than 160 million.
The number of subscribers is expected to exceed 200 million in 2017, London-based research company Informa Telecoms and Media estimates.
“While Huawei was a relatively late entrant in the Nigerian smartphone market, it had the advantage of being a network provider to most mobile telephony operators,” said Yolanda Zhang, marketing director of consumer business in West Africa.