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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Glo bags SERA prize

The Second National Operator, Globacom has bagged the maiden Social Enterprise Report & Awards (SERA 2007) recognition award.

This, the organisers said was in acknowledgement of Glo’s contributions to the social lives of people and communities in the country.

The award presented at a ceremony in Lagos, weekend, was organized by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in collaboration with TruContact Communications.

Reacting to the development, the Executive Director for Marketing Communication at Globacom, Mr. Okon Iyanam, said the telco was elated by the recognition, especially its contribution in the areas of sports development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the country.

“Whether in the provision of world-class telecommunications services in the remotest Nigerian communities or in the area of corporate social investment, Globacom as a proudly Nigeria brand has positioned itself to continue to play a significant role in the lives of our people and will continue to catalyse socio-economic development not only in Nigeria but also in Africa,” he said.

According to the organisers, the Nigerian Enterprise Reports and Awards recognize and celebrate the role of corporate organizations in social giving and social transformation in Nigeria.

They also emphasised that the reports are a compendium of best practices highlighting the innovative ways that these organizations continue to engage with the people and the communities where they do business.

Champion Infotel recalls that Globacom since commencing operations in 2003 has won several awards in the telecommunications industry, including the Best Mobile Telephone Company and Best Telephone Company 2006 award by Nigerian Technology and Telecom awards (NITTA).

It also won the Thisday and Global Excellence 2006 Company of the Year as well as West Africa’s Most Preferred Telecommunications Company of Year 2006 award by Institute of Direct Marketing of Nigeria (IDMN).

It was awarded the Subscriber’s Friendly Operator in its first year, by Nigerian Telecommunications Subscribers and adjudged the network with the Lowest Call Drop Rate by Nigeria Telecom News.

Industry regulator, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), in 2005 declared it the network with the “Better overall Quality of Service and Billing Accuracy”.

Equally, the International Telephone Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations in its report on African Telecommunication Indicators noted that the entry of Globacom into Nigeria ’s telecom industry had brought “greater innovation, lower tariffs and better services.”

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