… as Glo 1 launches
By Prince Osuagwu
SENATE President, David Mark has promised that the Senate would aid the Nigerian business men with a favourable legislative environment to ply their trade and show their international counterparts what a good place Nigeria is to do business in.
He made the promise Thursday night in Lagos, while commissioning the commercial launch of Glo 1, the multi_million dollar international submarine cable built by the Second National Operator, Globacom.
According to Mark, “ if we had provided the right opportunity for Nigerians ever since, perhaps we would be in the moon today. You can imagine what Mike Adenuga had done single handedly bringing a submarine cable initiative to bear in Nigeria. With good business environment, many would do even more.
But my promise is that me and my members in the National Assembly would provide favourable legislative environment to aid their businesses” he added.
The event which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, attracted several state governors, including Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Olagunsoyi Oyinlola of Osun State and Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State.
Also the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, representd and her Ghanaian counterpart Mr Haruna Idrissu were there .
Also, former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, was among many captains of industries, particularly in the information technology sector there graced the ocassion.
The 9,800km_long Glo 1 cable which Globacom built is connects Nigeria and 13 other West African countries directly to the United Kingdom with a dedicated extension to the United States of America.
The project connects seamlessly to Glo’s 10,000km fibre optic network in the country to offer a seamless communication from end to end.
Glo 1 is expected to address the bandwidth problem which has hampered seamless telecom services in the West Africa sub_region by providing sufficient broadband capacity for the next twenty to thirty years. This will lead to unprecedented high speed internet services and make telecommunication much faster, more reliable and cheaper for consumers.
The facility is expected to offer comprehensive international communication services to bridge the digital divide between Nigeria/Africa and the rest of the world.
Business activities that will benefit from the facility include information technology, banking, oil and gas, manufacturing and commerce, entertainment.
The project is also expected to facilitate foreign investment and employment opportunities, boost entertainment industry, e_ banking, disaster management and Call Centre services.
Packages that could be derived from the Glo1 facility included long distance voice, video and data communication services. The submarine cable will also boost e_medicine, including on-line diagnosis and video conferencing during surgery, distance learning, e-commerce and e-governance.