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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Carrier: Why Glo was chosen - Shell

Leading oil firm in the country, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Limited, has explained why it made the choice of the Second National Operator (SNO), Globacom, as its official telecommunications carrier.

Throwing more light on the deal, Director, Business Development at SPDC, Mr. ‘Demola Adeyemi-Bero, said Globacom was chosen after thorough examination of all the tenders to that effect, coupled with its service offering in the last years.

He explained that the enviable track recorded within this period, positioned the SNO as established telco within the nation’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry within four years of business gave it the edge.

Mr. Adeyemi-Bero also said that his firm was attracted to Glo by the network’s deep coverage of the country, commitment to quality services, professionalism, efficiency and aggressive business disposition.

He added that the partnership is a marriage of two giants in their respective fields.
“Information and communications technology is key in oil and gas business,” he asserted, stressing in the past, Shell had to set up and manage its own telecom infrastructure and services.

“Now, we have decided to contract this requirement out to enable us concentrate on our core business,” Adeyemi-Bero said, emphasising that Shell was delighted to partner with Globacom, a leader in the nation’s telecom sector.

“We’re happy to work with a true professional. We needed a company that has coverage in the remote parts of the country including the Niger Delta, a country with vision.

Glo is that company and we thank them for joining us on this journey. We look forward to the successes ahead,” Adeyemi-Bero outlined.

Explaining further, he said, that under the contract signed recently in Lagos, Globacom would provide telecom infrastructure including Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) and microwaves, voice and data transmission services, bulk Short Messaging Service (SMS), international telecommunications and value added services including Blackberry and Vehicle Tracking services.

In addition, Globacom is expected to supply blackberry, Subscriber Identification Module (SIMs) and other facilities for SPDC staff for local and international calls, direct connect, international roaming, including inbound and outbound, as well as SMS service and application.

Glo, equally is to supply and install for SPDC 75 BTSs and one micro station along with supporting infrastructure such as battery banks. Other facilities to be provided by Globacom under the agreement are 19 microwaves, 200 mobile.

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