Captains of industry, ICT experts, representatives of the diplomatic community on Tuesday converged at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, as Globacom held an interactive business session on its submarine fibre optic cable, Glo1, at the Federal Capital Territory.
The Abuja Glo1 Business Forum was the third in the series of the pre-launch sessions organized by the National Operator to sensitize the public about the commercial launch of the first-ever individually-owned international submarine cable in Africa. The forums had last week been held in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Dignitaries that attended the Abuja event included representatives of the ECOWAS, Julius Berger, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the American Embassy, World Health Organisation (WHO), the Central Bank, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Universities Commission, the Nigerian Communications Commission, Galaxy Wireless and top officials of other government agencies.
Speaking at the forum, Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mohamed Jameel, said the coming of Glo1 at a time Nigeria was preparing for her 50th independence anniversary was the best gift an indigenous company like Globacom could giver to its country.
Jameel assured the dignitaries that Glo 1 would guarantee access to ultra-fast and reliable internet connectivity and would be the driving force for the business community not only in Nigeria but also in West Africa and beyond, pointing out that all sectors of the nation’s economy and the entire African continent would benefit immensely from the window of global opportunity that the submarine cable would offer. The Globacom boss disclosed that the primary beneficiaries of the Glo 1 facility would be telecom carriers, GSM and CDMA Operators and Internet Service Providers who will extend the benefits to remote enterprises, retailers and individuals.
According to Jameel, with the Glo 1 cable, “Globacom’s regional reach is a huge advantage for Glo 1 and with telecom licences in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire and Gambia, we are able to give circuits to customer locations and offer seamless services in several countries without engaging third parties” , adding that even where Globacom did not have operating license, the company would be able to reach any global destination because of its strategic partnership with all major carriers.