Huawei plans to double its smartphone sales in Nigeria, after launching its Ascend P6 smartphone there on 06 September. It expects to sell 200,000 smartphones in the country by year-end, said Tony Liang, the firm's MD for consumer business group for West Africa. That is twice the number it sold last year, Bloomberg 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.