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Microsoft, rlg to Fight Piracy
Posted on: 21-Aug-2012         Source: dailyguideghana.com
WORLD’S TECHNOLOGY giant, Microsoft and rlg Communications, Africa’s leading indigenous Information Communication Technology (ICT) assembling company, have stated their intentions to collaborate and fight activities of fake computer manufacturers.

The Country Manager of Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, Emmanuel Onyeje, said the issue of criminals using fake computers to commit nefarious crimes both locally and globally, should not be taken for granted.

He said, “If you go out there and you buy a fake computer without genuine parts you are harming yourself and opening yourself to security issues.”

“Therefore collaborating with rlg allows us to together provide Ghana’s with genuine software hence protecting people from the harmful effects of fake products.”

Mr. Onyeje disclosed this in Accra when Microsoft and rlg signed a partnership agreement with the world’s largest software and computer programmer.

The partnership, which would allow rlg laptops and computers to leverage the huge global market held by Microsoft, would also offer value to the Ghanaian market and make the Microsoft windows more affordable.

Though both rlg and Microsoft were silent on the actual figures, the deal was said to be worth millions of dollars.

Mr. Onyeje emphasized that the partnership would provide the country with genuine software parts and help protect intellectual rights, 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 offer 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 would go a long way to enable rlg continue its leadership role in the ICT sector.

He indicated that the partnership would increase Microsoft’s market share in the West African Sub-region, as rlg distributed computers using Microsoft’s software.

He said rlg quality assurance would increase because of its partnership with Microsoft and that the company would 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 requiring only SIM card to browse.

By Esther Awuah