By: Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
Students of Boston College, a leading university in the USA, and senior executives of Emirates National Bank of Dubai (NBD), have showered praises on Rlg Communications Limited for its and unique Uhuru tablet at a separate visits to Ghana’s leading ICT and electronics firm’s assembling plant at Osu, in Accra.
According to them, Rlg had what it takes to become a leading global brand. Looking at the Uhuru tablet, a business of student of Boston College, Clayton Korges, said he was enthused by the technical power of Rlg, which makes it possible to produce Uhuru and assemble mobile phones and computers in the country.
The concept of Rlg’s Uhuru is based on a convertible concept, which is the combination of a tablet and a keyboard docking system.
The device runs on Microsoft’s newest operating system – Windows 8 and Intel’s Core i5 processor – and can be used as a Tablet or a Notebook, which also features a touch operation with fingers or a stylus, and has a keyboard dock that comes with it.
It has an Ivy Bridge I5 CPU, 11.6” Touch Screen, a 10 points Capacitive Touch Panel, 4GB RAM, 64GB hard drive, with a Front and back Camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and HDMI Ports and Micro SD Card Reader.
Additionally, Uhuru has a detachable dock with a second battery, a USB port, microphone, headphone and DC jack. The device is a combination of a laptop and a tablet, meaning the tablet can be detached from the keypad and used on its own.
Another student of the college, who studies Technology in Developing Markets, Ms Esme Condon, added, “This is incredible to see computers and mobile phones being assembled in sub-Saharan Africa.”
This is a really exciting time for Ghana and Africa as they embark on the journey of technology. It is the driver of change and development, Josh Coyne, a final year student of Finance and Technology at the Boston College, told the Business Chronicle during the visit.
The visit enabled the students and their lecturers to learn how technology can be used to improve changes in Ghana and Africa. The Rlg model, the students said, was a perfect example on the emerging market, as it employs thousands of the Ghanaian youth.
Explaining why the school chose Rlg, an Associate Professor of the Information Systems Operations and Strategic Management Department of Boston College, Dr. John Gallaugher, who led the 23-student delegation, said, “I want my students to be part of learning from Ghanaians. Ghana is a unique place of studying ICT in the developing market.”
“We conducted research on Rlg before paying the visit, which exposed us to the great strides the indigenous ICT firm was making,” he stated.
He was quick to state: “Rlg is really poised for leadership in the ICT market in Ghana, Africa, and the world as whole.”
For the three-member Emirates NBD delegation, led by the Managing Director of Emirates NBD, Kamal Rais, he noted: “Rlg has a good vision for Ghana and Africa. So, there is a huge potential in Rlg.”
The top executives’ visit to the Rlg plant was part of their recent visit to the West African country to explore business opportunities here. “Our aim is to team up with the Ghanaian private sector to see how we can support them with investments,” Mr. Rais stated.
The two delegations were conducted around the assembling plant by the Chief Technical Officer of Rlg Communications Limited, Isaac Okine, Production Engineer at Rlg, Worlali Ameevor, head of Communications Rlg, Emmanuel Arthur, and other senior officials of the ICT firm.