In line with its vision to increase its presence in West African countries by the end of the year, rlg Communications, Africa's leading indigenous Information Communication Technology (ICT) assembling company, has signed a partnership agreement with the world's largest software and computer programmer, Microsoft in Accra.
The partnership, which will allow rlg laptops and computers to leverage the huge global market held by Microsoft, will also offer value to the Ghanaian market and make the Microsoft windows more affordable.
Though both rlg and Microsoft are silent on the actual figures, the deal is said to worth millions of dollars.
The Country Manager of Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Emmanuel Onyeje, told a news conference in Accra that Microsoft places a lot of premium on the rlg partnership, a relationship he described as international.
'The partnership we have entered with rlg is an international relationship because the windows brand is at the heart of both Microsoft and rlg,' he said.
He stated that the partnership is necessary because of the impact Microsoft had in the market environment, coupled with the innovative products from rlg, which could help increase productivity and make e-governance more efficient.
Mr. Onyeje said Ghana's education sector stands to benefit greatly from the new partnership because of on-going projects by rlg and the Ministries of Education and Science and Technology to offer laptops to schools and teachers.
He said the deal positions rlg to compete aggressively on the international market.
He indicated that the partnership would provide the country with genuine software in protecting property and intellectual rights from criminals, adding that Microsoft would soon launch Window 8 globally.
He expressed gratitude to the management of rlg for the partnership and expressed the hope that it would open opportunities for the country's market share to grow.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of rlg, Roland Agambire expressed delight at the deal, which he said go a long way to enable rlg continue its leadership role in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
He indicated that the partnership would increase Microsoft's market share in the West African Sub-region, as rlg distributes computers using Microsoft's software.
He said rlg quality assurance would increase because of its partnership with Microsoft and that the company will soon commence work on a multi-million dollar ICT assembling plant, which would employ about 30,000 youth.
Mr. Agambire announced that most of rlg's MGS1 laptops would come with in-built modems that require only SIM card to browse.
By Esther Awuah