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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Glo-1 unveils services in Ghana, rides on Alcatel-Lucent

The Glo-1 submarine cable services have been unveiled in the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana, riding on the Alcatel-Lucent ingenuity.

Confirming this to ITRealms Online, the Regional Communications Manager, Alcatel-Lucent, Sherine Aziez noted that the Glo1 infrastructure is a 9,800 kilometers long high-capacity international submarine fibre optic cable which runs from Bude in the United Kingdom with several landing stations between Europe and West Africa.

Aziez listed some of these landing stations to comprise of Bude - UK, Vigo-Spain, Lisbon-Portugal, Casablanca-Morocco, Nouakchott-Mauritania, Dakar-Senegal, Pariah-Cape Verde, Banjul-Gambia, Conakry-Guinea, Freetown-Sierra Leone, Monrovia-Liberia, Abidjan-la Cote d’ Ivoire, Accra-Ghana, Lome-Togo, Cotonou-Benin and Lagos in Nigeria.

Recalling that this deal, as well as other contract for its optical cum Internet Protocol (IP) backbone and wireless networks - all valued at over $1billion about N154,000,000,640.00, was awarded to telecommunication vendor and world leaders in submarine cable networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

The regional manager also said that the Glo 1 facility was built with leading technologies backed by the rich expertise of Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent, thus set to radically transform the country’s communications landscape and afford Ghanaian businesses new opportunities of bridging the digital gap between Ghana and the rest of the world.

Alcatel-Lucent, Aziez noted, has also partnered Globacom to provide submarine cable connectivity from the United Kingdom to New York which connects Ghana to North America to provide crystal clear voice calls and high speed data/Internet transmission services to the two major data hubs of the world.

Chairman of Globacom Limited, Dr. Mike Adenuga jnr was quoted as saying that these are exciting times indeed for Ghana and the rest of Africa, as Glo 1 comes in to offer immense opportunities for businesses across the continent and enable them to compete on an equal footing with their counterparts elsewhere in the world.

“Today, Glo 1 is here in Ghana to deliver transmission capacity which will radically change the country’s economic landscape and indeed, that of our sub-region. ’Glo 1 will usher in a new era of prosperity for Ghanaians as its benefits will impact rapidly on the transformation of education, manufacturing, agriculture, health, entertainment and commerce, fuelling the national economy as a whole towards higher productivity and wealth,” he said.

Adenuga also pointed out that Glo 1’s state-of-the-art infrastructure has been designed to provide unprecedented high speed internet traffic with cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services across Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

“It will carry traffic for Globacom and any other operators intending to lease the service. It will ultimately make telecoms services in Ghana and the entire West African sub-region much faster, more reliable and cheaper for consumers” Adenuga said.

For the President, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks SAS, Mr. Philippe Dumont said that Glo-1 submarine cable network enhances the overall telecommunications infrastructure of Globacom who have contributed to pioneering availability of high-speed Internet access and advanced communications services in Africa.

“This launch further enhances the successful cooperation we have established with Globacom since its inception” he said.

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