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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Ekuwem applauds Glo @ 4

National President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has applauded Globacom’s four years in operation in the country, just as he described it as ‘revolutionary’ in the nation’s telecom industry.

Dr. Ekuwem who spoke at the launch of the West Africa’s Top 50 Technology Business Enterprises 2007, in Lagos, noted that, considering the achievements of Globacom, it was difficult to believe that the company was only four years old.

“Globacom started late in the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) sector. Yet it has become the market leader. It pioneered Per Second Billing and a number of value added products and services. You can imagine what they would have done if they started when others started in 2001,” he observed.

He also expressed delight at the prospect of the company’s planned expansion into the West African sub-region with the GSM license the telco won in Benin Republic.

“I am excited because it is a Nigerian company. It is therefore in order that they are one of the companies being honoured here today,” Ekuwem said.

The Top 50 ceremony was organized by leading information and communications technology publication, IT Edge, and College of Researchers in honour of 50 companies in West Africa who emerged tops in a survey it conducted to determine the best performers in the technology business sector in 2006.

Globacom was selected in the telecommunications category and was rated as the best telecommunications company in West Africa.

IT Edge said West Africa ’s Top 50’ were “those enterprises who made a mark in service excellence, transparency and strict adherence to the tenets of best international practice.”

The publication said the companies were rated on “market spread and technical competence, functionality and relevance in terms of customer service and contribution to national economy in their respective areas of operation”.

Editor of the magazine, Segun Oruame, said data was obtained from local sources including newspapers, magazines, news websites, international news publications: Technology Times (Nigeria), It Weekly (Dubai), Balancing Act, Financial Times, Economist (United Kingdom) Forbes Rich List, Fortune 500, Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

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