By Prince Osuagwu

For Second National Operator, Globacom, memories of  this year’s Lagos International Trade Fair which rapped up penultimate week, would  last long. If not for any other thing, due to the high interests its prepaid 3G plus elicited among visitors at the fair.

Globacom said that though all of its other products maximally attracted visitors who trooped in their droves to the ten day event, the number of potential customers the company registered due to the new product, was overwhelming.

The company’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr Mohammed Jameel, confirmed that Globacom attracted to its stand, a greater percentage of the estimated 1.5 million visitors that attended the Lagos fair and said it was mainly due to the newly prepaid Glo 3G plus package.

Jameel said that the interests have also proven that Nigerians of all walks of life, from both the urban and rural dwellings, are ready and highly yearning for the new world of possibilities the internet has in its grip.

Globacom’s participating at the fair, Jameel noted, was part of fulfilling the company’s mandate of reaching out to the Nigerian market, making a reality, its mission and dream to build Africa’s biggest and best network.   Yet, the theme of the 2009 Lagos trade fair, “Turning the Global Economic Crisis Into New Opportunities”, according to Jameel, somehow resonates well with the company’s clarion call for Nigerians to rule their world.

He noted that “successful! Could be the best way to describe our participation in this year’s Lagos trade fair. We kept receiving old and new subscribers at our pavilion. Globacom had earlier before the Fair, promised that visitors to its stand would have access to a wide array of Glo products and services. These products were available at the Globacom pavilion and subscribers had easy access to personalised services at the venue. Apart from this, customer care officials were on hand to attend to issues arising from customers’ usage of their phones”. He added

“Globacom’s presence at the event elicited good patronage of existing subscribers who visited the pavilion to buy products or to ask questions about Glo products and services. For many others, it was also an opportunity to get on to the Glo network to explore opportunities to rule their world. Many of them also had the opportunity of winning phones and recharge cards in a raffle draw that was conducted daily at the Glo pavilion.

“However, one of the products that caught the attention of many visitors was the Glo prepaid 3G modem, which was available throughout the 10-day event.  Globacom’s prepaid 3G modem however generated more interest and excitement among visitors to the Glo pavilion at the Fair. Those who spoke about the product expressed admiration for the prepaid package, which will enable them have access to internet service anytime, anyhow and anywhere, with affordable cost”.

Glo officials at the fair narrated how a subscriber who identified himself as Chime and works with a bank in the Trade Fair Complex, admitted that the attraction for him in the prepaid 3G modem was the flexibility and the speed, saying that, “having a package like this does not come so cheap, so when one gets this advantage, he better goes for it”.

The Glo 3G Plus modem is said to avail users the benefits of high speed internet service, makes the transmission of data, voice, broadband internet and multimedia services much faster. The easy-to-use Glo 3G Plus modem, a Huawei E160G, is compatible with various operating systems and networks including Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Apple Mac (OS X 10.4 & 10.5), GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA.

Each High Speed Internet modem comes with a customized and easy to follow User Guide and has been designed specifically for ease of use and setup.  Once the High Speed Internet modem is plugged into a desktop or laptop a Glo GUI (Guided User Interface) appears on screen, allowing the user to set preferences and begin browsing instantly. The modem pack is beautifully designed and projects a vibrant appeal.

The company said it decided to extend the 3G Plus technology to prepaid subscribers on the Glo network to enable them enjoy benefits which before now were available to only postpaid subscribers. Globacom in December 2007 launched the 3G Plus, even as it was touted to have one of the best and most vrobust GPRS coverage in Nigeria.

The company said it also hopes to further consolidate on its prepaid 3G services when Glo-1, submarine cable which it landed in the country recently, starts to carry traffic.


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