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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Subscribers laud Globacom

It was all praises for the Second National Operator (SNO), Globacom at the February edition of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) held in Owerri, capital of Imo State at the weekend.

Most of the eulogies were on the SNO’s ability to have what some described as interconnectivity strength.

The Telecom Consumer Parliament, is a monthly interactive forum organized by the telecommunication apex body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to foster good relationship between subscribers and telecommunication operators among other service providers in the country.

Majority of the praises at the Owerri forum said that Globacom demonstrated an appreciable level of tolerance and support by opening its network to competition, thus easing interconnectivity.

A subscriber at the forum who identified himself as Olumide with GSM number 08037061361 said that while the problem of interconnectivity had remained with most of the networks, same could not be said of Globacom “because nowadays, you can use landline to call only Globacom of all the networks”.

Also speaking at the forum, Professor emeritus, O. C. Nwanna said that the GSM revolution was the best thing to happen in the country.

The retired don, who said that he witnessed the evolution of telecommunication in Nigeria, added that it is gladdening to note that the industry had grown from a humble beginning to an extraordinary level.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Dr Earnest Ndukwe, said that the parliament was designed as a forum of interaction between the subscribers and the operators.

Dr. Ndukwe, also urged participants to bare their mind on any issue affecting the telecom industry, stressing that the unified licensing regime, which would commence this month, saying it was aimed at providing the subscriber more choices and allow all players to provide diverse services.

The NCC boss used the platform to debunk the claims in some quarters that Nigerians carry more than one handset because of interconnectivity problems, but urged the operators to ensure that all calls got terminated in the desired networks.

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