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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Diaspora Nigerians commend Glo’s fibre optic launch

Nigerian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals in diaspora have commended the second national operator, Globacom over its last weekend launch of landing point of its nationwide fibre optic backbone in Minna, Niger State.

Some of the Nigerian professionals who spoke on the development gave kudos to the Nigerian telecommunications giant, include Prof. Bolaji Aluko, Messrs Dele Olawole and Aiseokhuoba.

For Prof. Aluko, the launch of the fibre optic backbone estimated at N83.2 billion is a sign of a new dawn in the nation’s telecommunications industry and development generally.

Equally for the chief executive of Norway-based D-Net Communications, Mr. Dele Olawole, it is the way to go and “Congratulations to the management and staff of Glo.”

And for Mr. Aiseokhuoba from Idi-oro, Lagos, Nigeria is on course of real development with the Glo fibre backbone, noting though that evolution in the nation’s telephony could be Obasanjo’s legacy, and the onus is now on President Umar Musa Yar’Adua to eradicate power supply problems.

“My people, we are getting there inch-by-inch,” he declared.

Champion Infotel recalled that Glo’s fibre optic backbone also known as OFC project, is an infrastructure that propels information super highway through transmission of voice and data at the speed of light and tends to boost communications in Nigeria and eliminate the challenges associated with satellite and microwave transmission mediums.

The launch of the Abuja-Minna route is a milestone for the telco as it’s the first of its kind in any part of the country.

Meanwhile, speaking at the penultimate Thursday in Minna, Niger State, the telco informed that it took the step to position itself on the continent to a higher level.

The backbone covering Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan route, Lagos-Ijebuode-Ore-Benin and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano routes, on completion, according to the Executive Director, Marketing Communications at Globacom, Mr. Okon Iyanam, the network spanning over 10,000 kilometres (km), transcend all the major cities nationwide, with presence in Benin-Warri-Port Harcourt, Port-Harcourt-Aba-Umuahia-Owerri, Owerri-Onitsha-Enugu, Enugu-Oturkpo-Makurdi, Markudi-Lafia-Abuja and Ibadan-Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bida-Minna-Abuja routes.

He also said that the Minna-Abuja route of the fibre backbone, would carry all the traffic for Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states with accompanying benefits to nearby cities and communities.

Commissioning the project, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, described the project as a new dawn in telecommunications services in the state and environs as well as neighbouring states, adding that the facility would boost government and private businesses in the region.

He also said that the project would further reposition the state for e-governance, stressing that only the best of telecommunications infrastructure would enable Nigeria catch up with the rest of the world in the match towards the digital inclusion.

The Glo Optic Fibre project, he equally said was a step in the right direction and one more demonstration of Globacom’s innovativeness to the telecom revolution.

“I recall that Glo pioneered per second billing, made the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) affordable and introduced a number of value added services (VAS) such as multimedia messaging and Blackberry,” he declared.

For him, Glo has indeed made apart from the Nigerian nation, the whole of Africa proud with its avalanche of innovative products as far as telecommunications is concerned.

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