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Globacom goes to Benin Republic

Determined to storm the West African telecommunications market, the Nigeria’s Second National Operator (SNO) Globacom Limited, was last weekend Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications operational license in the Republic of Benin.

This is coming as the firm has promised to rollout services for the network in the next 60 days.

Confirming this to Daily Champion, the Globacom Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mohammed Jameel, said the development is another major step in its quest to rule the continent telecommunications market in no distant future.

The company, he said, was granted the licence by the Beninoise government after it emerged top from among several telecommunications operators including Lab Green Networks of Libya.

Globacom, it was gathered was preferred ahead of the other bidders because of its technical superiority and ability to deliver.

Our sources also said the Beninoise government was greatly influenced by the company’s ability to commence services in the next 60 days, a key requirement of the country’s telecom authorities.

Daily Champion also gathered that Beninoise authorities recently suspended the licenses of two of the GSM operators, namely the MTN and Atlantique Telecom, over dispute on regulatory fees.

The suspension of the licences prompted the government to hold a new round of bidding to award one more GSM licence in order to improve telecommunications services in the country,” the sources said.

Industry observers said the granting of licence to Globacom by the Beninoise government would boost the network’s efforts and dream to rule the African telecommunications market.

Globacom, which started operations in 2003, is today considered one or the fastest growing networks in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, with a subscriber base of over 13 million.

Glo also pride itself with a record of one million subscribers in less than nine months of operation in addition to covering over 40,000 towns, communities and villages in Nigeria.



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