Mr Segun Akano, Managing Director of Upperlink Limited has grown the Nigerian technology company to play in key sector of e-payment and has lately been among the registrants promoting the .ng, the Internet name for Nigeria.
In this exclusive interview with Kolade Akinola of Technology Times, Akano talks about managing Upperlink, industry segment market trends, policies and allied issues. Excerpt
TT: Who is Segun Akano?
Segun Akano: I am the Managing Director of Upperlink Limited. We are a firm of indigenous software developers and we started operations in 2003. We have been able to establish four main lines of business which are domain name, payment integration and collection with bank, software development as a whole for business automation, Google app for business and education. We partnered with Google to do that. As a matter of fact, we do what is obtainable anywhere in the world as far as software is concerned.
We are also blessed with a team of programmers that are brilliant and dedicated. We are proud that our products are of international standards making use of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) standard which has just commenced and we have started the process of being accredited by CMMI. We are also starting International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) accreditation. These are things we have put in place to be competitive worldwide.
[su_quote cite=”Segun Akano, Managing Director of Upperlink Limited”]The Internet population is about 60% of active lines. However in terms of content, we have not achieved much. 70 million have access to the Internet, so what’s the output? That’s a big question. We sit on all foreign platforms like Facebook, Yahoo, Gmail and the likes, the question is how do we reverse the trend such that we diversify from all the foreign platforms. We need to expand our scope of generating content and engagement among the ecosystem of stakeholders. [/su_quote]