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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Globacom storms Cotonou

Determined to build an African telecommunications network, the Second National Operator (SNO), Globacom Limited, has finalised plans to launch its first oversea’s operation since obtaining the license third quarter of last year, and precisely in August.

This move has hitherto received applause from stakeholders in the nation’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) including the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) among other telecom experts.

Close sources at Globacom, hinted that the Benin Republic official launch has been slated to take place tomorrow, Thursday, at the Hotel Marina in Cotonou by 6.30pm.

The launch, which would be performed by top government officials in Benin Republic is billed to set the city of Cotonou agog for many days to come as the subscribers would not only adorn the lemon green and white colour of Globacom, but accompanied with the all the avalanche of services available on the network in Nigeria also on offer for Beninose.

Some of the services expected in Benin cut across core service packages, value added services, corporate solutions, business solutions and customer care.

Commenting on the launch, ALTON president, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo told Champion Infotel that his group is very delight that Nigerian operators are following the successful performance keenly by extending their network to the subregion, which Glo is championing.

“We are delighted and we look forward to more players covering more miles across the subregion and beyond,” he asserted in a Short Messaging Service (SMS) in response to Itrealms online query.

Meanwhile, this development came as Globacom recently in Cairo, Egypt announced fresh deal with a global leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, Internet Protocol (IP) technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent, to expand its network.

President, Alcatel-Lucent’s business in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Mr. Vincenzo Nesci, disclosed this at the just concluded ITU Telecom Africa held in Cairo.

According to him, a new contract was signed with Globacom Limited to extend the network capacity and performance of Globacom’s mobile and fixed networks and is part of the operator’s IP network transformation to deliver sophisticated mobile and triple play services with enhanced quality of service (QoS).

He also said that the project would enable Globacom to increase its mobile network capacity including GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA technologies to support up to 35 million subscribers, and to raise its fixed network capacity.

A press statement made available to Champion Infotel by Alcatel quoted the Globacom chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr as saying that his firm is poised to offer subscribers in the region an unparalleled user experience.

“Delivering the highest quality services to end-users is our top priority. With Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced mobile and fixed network solutions, we will increase our network capacity and provide the best services to meet the rapidly increasing demand from our customers,” he said.

Proudly Nigerian brand, Glo as the telco trading name has since its introduction of Per Second Billing (PSB) based on 2.5G technology, 3G Plus technology, blackberry solutions, extensive coverage, Prepaid Roaming, M-Banking, MMS, Voice SMS, unique Caller Tunes and even its promotional activities to redefine the telecoms value proposition for Nigerians.

Champion Infotel recalls that in January 2003, Globacom secured the Second National Carrier bouquet of licences from the Nigerian communications Commission (NCC), to operate Digital Mobile, National Carrier, International Gateway and Online services; founded on a vision of being the largest, most successful entertainment, information and telecommunications solutions provider, both in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.Historically, the telco launched commercial mobile service on the Per Second Billing platform, which Nigerians had been made to believe was impossible, on August 29, 2003.

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