Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Glo, FirstBank boosts GloFirst, gets commendation

The Second National Operator (SNO), Globacom and leading financial institution, First Bank Nigeria (FBN) Plc, gave boost to the GloFirst cash card by taking the product to this year’s West African International Telecommunications (W.AfriTel) exhibition, which ended in Lagos recently.

This is coming as the telecom received commendations from its subscribers over the reduction of its Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).

Champion Infotel recalls that GloFirst was launched in Lagos recently to herald the partnership in driving the need to reduce cash flow in the nation’s economy.

Speaking to Champion Infotel at the Globacom’s stand during the W.AfriTel, public relations specialist at the telco, Mr. Tunde Babalola said that with GloFirst, subscribers on Globacom network, who posses the card could now load credit on their phones even without scratching a recharge card.

According to a press statement from the telco, informed that Glo Mobile Banking (M-banking) feature to enable the end users on the network, stressing that it would soon be available for use of Globacom subscriber through the Magic-Plus function.

However, GloFirst, as said by him, could also be used to fund purchases and make withdrawals through the electronic payment solution, the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of any bank, thus not limited to FirstBank ATMs.

Champion Infotel observed that the glossy green card attracted many visitors to the Globacom stand at the three-day at the three-day exhibition. made the service easy to use and convenient by putting in place more than 140,000 places where our customers can buy airtime,” he said.

Meanwhile, reports have it that subscribers from across the nation gave kudos to Globacom for simplifying its Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) replacement procedure.

Champion Infotel recalls that the telco recently announced a downward review of its SIM replacement fee from N500 to N200.

Commenting on this development, an Ibadan-based subscriber, Taofeek Aranfaajo, commended Globacom for reducing the fee.

“The network had been in the lead among other service providers in the area of subscriber welfare and affordability of call tariffs,” he said, stressing he had known Globacom as a trusted friend of the Nigerian masses.

“Without Glo, people like us will probably not be able to own GSM lines, we would be at the mercy of those whose main objective for coming to Nigeria was to make profit at the expense of the masses it is also very significant that police reports and affidavits are no longer required,” he said.

This makes it convenient and easy for subscribers”, Aranfaajo, a primary school teacher said.

For a student of Urban and Regional Planning, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Alao Ajibola, the reduction and the networks tariffs were the most user-friendly.

“I am happy that Globacom has not relented in its avowed determination to make sure that all Nigerians enjoy access to good telecommunications services, the reduction of its SIM replacement fee is another plus for this network of the people. I am particularly pleased that I do not have to spend money and time to procure police report or sworn affidavit”, he said.

Noteworthy is that since it launched of services on August 29, 2003, Glo Mobile has been at the forefront of revolutionary changes in the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) sector in Nigeria, offering both prepaid and contract packages along with a range of Value Added Services (VAS).

Globacom prides itself as the fastest growing GSM network in Africa, achieving a record one million subscribers and covering over 87 towns in just nine months.

Globacom’s subscriber figure at the moment stands at over 11 million with coverage extending to over 40,000 cities, towns, communities and major roads, thus making the company the second largest operator in Nigeria. The network will soon extend its frontiers to the West African sub-region as it is concluding negotiations with two neighbouring countries.

While vigorously pursuing its expansion strategy, the network has earned the identity of the Nigerian innovator, dangling a wide variety of innovative packages and tariff plans designed to fulfill the needs of a broad spectrum of market segments in Nigeria.

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