In Zambia, IT solutions and services company NetOne IT has launched Neo, the country’s first locally-produced laptop. The company is up against HP, Dell, Lenovo and Asus in this market segment and plans to build a US$12-million manufacturing facility to churn out 30,000 units per month.
In a statement, NetOne IT said it had acquired leasing rights in a free zone where the facility will be located.
NetOne IT has stressed the support it has received from the government and said authorities have already committed “towards standardising devices for government consumption”.
The company believes a device and gadget manufacturing facility could transform “the technology sector in Zambia by creating local skills, affordable devices and opportunities for regional trade.
“The launch of Neo ties in with this objective and holistically supports the government’s digital transformation agenda,” the statement read.
Bejoy Nettikadan, NetOne’s CEO, noted that the company’s key objective is skills development, employment creation, “and the execution of world-class technology in Zambia”.
NetOne IT has been operational in Zambia for 15 years. It claims several milestones, including launching the country’s first Tier III datacentre facility in 2013, the first formalised device platform in 2020, the first wallet-agnostic payment platform in 2021 and the first Security Operations Centre (SOC).