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Glo looks beyond Nigeria, Ghana to revolutionise Ivorian telecom market

Stories by Prince Osuagwu
Second National Operator, Globacom says it will revolutionise Cote d’Ivoire’s telecommunication services to help transform its economy and position the country as one of the most powerful telecommunications market in Africa and indeed the world.
Globacom was fired up with the passion from an operating licence granted the network in Cote d’Ivoire recently.

Making the commitment on behalf of Glo, Group Chief Operating Officer (GCOO), Mohamed  Jameel, said Globacom would replicate in the Francophone country its Nigeria and Benin Republic success stories by deploying the best technology and human resources.

The telecom licence which was given to Globacom through the Agence des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire, the telecommunication regulatory authority of Cote d’Ivoire, enables Globacom to take advantage of its trans_Atlantic submarine cable, Glo 1, which has a branching point in Cote d’Ivoire.

Jameel stated that with the development, Globacom would avail Ivorians the opportunity to be part of the telecommunications revolution which the network is bringing to Africa.

The Glo 1 cable will deliver transmission capacity that will fundamentally transform Africa’s economic landscape by providing very  high speed internet services and make telecom services much faster, more reliable and cheaper for consumers.

Glo_1’s current capacity, according to Glo, is enough to cater to the required broadband capacity of Africa for at least the next 15 to 20 years.  It has a current capacity of 640 Gigabit per second and an ultimate capacity of 2.5 Terabit per second.

Jameel also said Globacom would equally offer international carrier services for telecom operators in Cote d’Ivoire, aggregate and carry voice and data traffic into and out of the country.

The company which has gateway switches outside the continent is currently a major player in the global telecommunication industry. It will thus aggregate traffic to and from third party networks in the country and all telecom operators irrespective of the type of technology deployed, CDMA, 3G, 4G and VOIP.

Commenting on the new licence last week, Globacom’s Group Executive Director, Paddy Adenuga, said it gave impetus to the network’s desire to provide the needed opportunity for West African  countries and the whole of Africa to leap forward economically through an excellent communication network and a cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services. He stated that “in line with our vision, we are building a network that will provide the most comprehensive international communication services on the continent to bridge the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world,” Adenuga stated.

He promised that Glo would continue to play a major role in stimulating a new era of prosperity in the sub-continent and build facilities that will offer Africa advanced telecom services such as teleconferencing, distance learning, disaster recovery and telemedicine, on_line diagnosis and video conferencing during surgery and research.


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