By Solomon Akaniyene, Calabar
Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade and the management team of Information Communication Technology (ICT) giant, Huawei have held their first technical session on the Calabar Smart City Project.
Ayade, who was accompanied by some of his commissioners and special advisers, met with the Huawei team at their global headquarters in China.
The agenda of the meeting centered on the design of the Calabar Smart City Project.
It will be recalled that the state recently signed a contract with the Chinese firm to make Calabar the first smart city in Nigeria.
During the signing of the contract, Ayade stated that the project will ensure that for the first time in the country, “data would be provided from the cloud. With this digital cloud, it will offer opportunity to get information with ease and comfort, including boosting research and academic works.
“The project which is in partnership with Huawei of China, the equipment manufacturer, with Sino Infrastructure Development company Limited as the technical partner in Nigeria for the project.”
He maintained that “This partnership will provide cheap access to connectivity; Cross Riverians will know that Huawei is bringing the best technology to us. They are a known name in the world and a pace setter in the industry.
“Cross River deserves only the best which they have to offer. The whole state is going digital as the Cross River super highway will have super-connectivity where all the best internet and technology services will be offered to users of the super highway.
This will be the first fully smart city in Nigeria. Cross River will be the model for Africa and we are proud to be associated with this”, Ayade stated.
He reminded the firm that part of its responsibility is not “only providing 3g and 4g network connectivity but also fiber to home, which will afford the opportunity to download music, news, movies and even research materials.”