Ghanaian government has commended Globacom for making Accra, the nation’s capital one of its landing points of the highly anticipated Glo 1 submarine cable.
Communications Minister for Ghana, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, who described the development as an added impetus for improved communication in Ghana in particular and Africa in general, said, Glo 1 marks an important milestone in the telecoms landscape of Ghana in the quest to improve upon the delivery of improved communications infrastructure and services that would enhance efficient and affordable data services and management.
Congratulating Globacom for landing Glo 1 in Ghana, he urged the global telecom giant to seize the moment to drastically reduce the wholesale international gateway connectivity price which currently hovers around $4,500 for an E1 in Ghana.
He expressed optimism that Glo 1 would facilitate the expansion of market opportunities for broadband service providers and thereby help in reduction of transaction cost.
Noting that the Ghanaian government is happy that the cable will facilitate a “world class, long distance voice, video and data communications services for Ghana. Glo deserves commendation for this investment which is of immense economic value.”
The landing of the Glo 1 cable in Accra comes three weeks after it first berthed in Lagos, Nigeria, the cable had landed at Alpha Beach, Lekki, Lagos, on September 5.
“The landing of Glo 1 in Ghana will also boost the preparation for the nationwide launch of Glo Mobile Ghana,” he said.
In his remarks at the event, the Group Executive Director, Globacom, Mr. Patrick Adenuga, said Glo 1 cable will deliver transmission capacity that will radically change Africa’s economic landscape by providing unprecedented high speed internet services and make telecom services much faster, more reliable and cheaper for consumers.
He said Glo-1’s current and ultimate capacity is enough to cater for the required broadband capacity of Ghana and the rest of the continent for at least the next 15 to 20 years.
Pointing out that Glo 1 has a current capacity of 640 Gigabyte per second and an ultimate capacity of 2.5 Terabyte per second.
“Glo 1 will provide the needed opportunity for Africa to leap forward economically through an excellent communication network and a cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services across Africa, Europe and the rest of the world” he said, emphasizing that the facility will provide the most comprehensive international communication services on the continent to bridge the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world.
Adenuga said Glo 1 has 99.9 per cent up time reliability, world-class long distance voice, video and data communication services for African customers, stressing that the cable will support the large bandwidth requirements of direct consumers and other service providers.
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