Total telecommunications service provider, Globacom, has signed a multi-million dollar contract with top Chinese technology Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., to provide a robust and permanent telecommunications backbone and last-mile broadband solutions to the Nigerian oil industry and to the myriads of businesses that dot the coastal states of Nigeria.
With the signing of the contract on Tuesday April 24, 2018, at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Globacom will commence the building of a submarine cable along the Nigerian coast called Glo 2. Glo 2 will connect from the Glo 1 landing station at Alpha Beach in Lagos and run across the Atlantic Coast of Nigeria to land at coast of Akwa Ibom state.
The New submarine cable will be approximately 850 kilometres long and will be integrated to Globacom’s existing terrestrial Backbone Network to provide additional service redundancy, especially Abuja and other parts of the country.
According to him, “Glo2 will be the first submarine cable in Nigeria to land outside Lagos as the five existing submarine cables only landed in Lagos. Glo 2 will have capacity of 12Terabit per second and will provide ultra-high speed connection to oil platforms and communities to empower data coverage and support Enterprise market growth in this part of Nigeria,”
Globacom’s Regional Director, Technical, Mr Sanjib Roy, explained at the signing ceremony, that the infrastructure would be the first to provide dedicated submarine optical fiber to oil platforms to support the growth of Nigerian Economy and allow Oil Communities to reduce their operational expenditure.
The project would boost telecommunication service delivery in the country and by provide economic as well as social empowerment of the communities in oil producing regions. Particularly, it will improve productivity in the oil value chain, by making it easy for explorers to upload and down heavy data between onshore and remote oil platforms at the speed of light.
He also disclosed that the cable would contain three fiber pairs, with the first pair connecting Lagos directly to Southern part of Nigeria with terrestrial extension to other parts of the country for redundancy and maintenance purposes. The second will be equipped with eight switchable Branching Units (BUs) which will deliver high capacity to offshore oil stations and communities connected directly to BUs, while the third pair will be equipped with two (2) switchable Branching Units to deliver high capacity to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
Glo2 complements the Glo 1 international submarine cable built by Globacom in 2010. It is the only international submarine cable in Nigeria managed end to end, from Lagos to London, by one Company and currently provides sufficient bandwidth for the West Africa sub-region. Glo2, Mr Roy explained, is also designed for further expansion southwards to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, among others.
Mr Li Beifang, Managing Director of Huawei Nigeria said that “Huawei is proud to partner with Globacom to build a revolutionary submarine cable using innovative and leading technology. We believe the cable would bring a new era of digitalization to Nigerian economy”.
Stakeholders at the event noted that the step taken by Globacom has again taken a major step to transform the ICT landscape in Nigeria with the construction of a multi-billion naira optic fibre submarine cable.