Aug 4, 2020

Volkswagen: expands vehicle assembly facility into Africa

Volkswagen
expansion
business growth
Automotive
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Automotive
In a recent announcement made by Volkswagen, the company has expanded its vehicle assembly footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa...

In the announcement, Volkswagen details its expansion of its footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the official opening of its vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. 

With this expansion, Ghana has become the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its other locations include: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. The facility in Accra has an installed capacity to assemble 5,000 units per annum, with the models to be assembled using Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly kits.

Since 2005, Universal Motors has been a licensed Volkswagen importer, and has now been awarded the assembly contract for the initial phase of the project. 

Attended by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, and cabinet ministers, Volkswagen held an unveiling event to announce its investment.

With a population of 30mn people, the official opening of the vehicle assembly facility in the West African country is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Volkswagen and the government of Ghana in the presence of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, nearly two years ago.

As part of the government's efforts to fulfil its commitments within the MoU, the government has developed a comprehensive Automotive Industry Policy with the recent announcement of the Ghana Automotive Development Policy (GADP).

The GADP has enabled Volkswagen to solidify its commitments in Ghana with its initial investments for the first phase of its long term vehicle assembly plan. 

As a result Volkswagen is committed to helping Ghana achieve its industrial transformation agenda, by developing a modern automotive industry. In addition the establishment of Volkswagen Ghana - a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen - marks the first automotive company to be registered under the GADP, and will be responsible for the SKD kits and Fully Built Units (FBU). 

Jeffrey J. Oppong Peprah has been appointed as the CEO of Volkswagen Ghana.

“Volkswagen is strengthening the regions and focusing on new up-and-coming markets as part of its TRANSFORM 2025+ brand strategy. The Sub-Saharan region plays an increasingly important role. Although the African automotive market is comparatively small today, the Sub-Saharan region has the potential to become an automotive growth market of the future,” comments Volkswagen in a company statement.

About Volkswagen

Founded in 1937, in Germany, Volkswagen’s vision is ‘Moving people and driving them forwards’. The company’s ‘TRANSFORM 2025+’ strategy strives to lead innovation, technology and quality.

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Jun 16, 2021

NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation

Virgin Mobile MEA
Netnumber
3 min
Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer at NetNumber, discusses how cloud-native architecture is accelerating the transition to 5G for telcos

NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.

NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks. 

“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.

The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.

“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.

“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.

Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.

Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.

“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.

Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:

  • Expertise -  NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
  • Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
  • Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
  • Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
  • Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.

 

NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA

“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region. 

“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services. 

“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings. 

“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture.  We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”

Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.

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