NATIONAL telecom operator, Globacom marked its 10th anniversary last year, with an extensive network overhaul to reposition it for the challenges of its second decade of operation. The founders of the network must be looking back at its inception, to remind themselves of the critical factors that saw its steady growth from being a late entrant to a leadership position in today's ranking.
GLO, last week explained that one of such factors was the rolling out of the 2.5-generation technology that offered subscribers
The 2.5G technology enabled it to offer GPRS with services such as multimedia messaging, mobile banking, mobile internet, BlackBerry, vehicle tracking amongst other services, that other telecos who operated on the 2G technology were yet to offer their own subscribers then.
That presented Glo as a company that knew its way to the leadership cadre of the industry. But in the words of its founder, Dr
With this bullish mentality, it is easy to understand the current efforts of Glo to re-energise itself to stay ahead. Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr.
Thus, the new journey began with the signing of a
The first contract worth
Speaking at the signing of the partnership agreements in
"After 10 years in business, we decided to upscale our network ten-fold to the very latest technology in global telecommunications. The massive expansion projects will involve network upgrade and overhaul of infrastructure across the country as well as expansion and densification projects that will on completion enable the network to cater more for its existing and potential subscribers," Jameel said.
One year down the line, the project is bearing fruits in great measure. The swapping of old base stations in
Globacom's Head of Operations,
By the time the project is completed, Globacom would have completely swapped old components on the network across the nation with state-of-the-art network software and hardware. It thus would have turned its network infrastructure into brand new. In addition, the Globacom network, according to Koleosho, will soon achieve its target of having 90 percent 3G coverage, the first in the industry, making it possible for Glo data subscribers across the country to experience significant service enhancement. The project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of the year.
Service improvement is already being felt in various parts of the country, and Koleosho promises that the improvement will continue and manifest nationally by the time the project is completed.
"Globacom will be the biggest player in the second telecommunication revolution in
The project covers swapping, upgrade, and overhaul of network infrastructure, as well as building of new switches and construction of additional 4,000 km of optic fibre cable to complement the company's existing fibre optic facility, which is among the most extensive private fibre networks in
The massive project, according to Koleosho, also includes installation of new base stations and densification of existing ones, setting up of three new call centers in Port Harcourt,
Buoyed by the success of its network overhaul, Glo is also scaling up the offering to its subscribers. In the last few weeks it has launched several products and services to demonstrate the company's commitment to subscribers. One of these is the three new International Direct Dial Packs, which offer millions of prepaid subscribers on the network the lowest call rates to various international destinations. The new packs enable subscribers to call US,
There is also the 3-in-1 Recharge option, a new multiple recharge platform to facilitate topping up airtime for local and international calls as well as data bundles. The new 3-in-1 Recharge option means that subscribers can load airtime in less time to make international calls or to access the internet. It also helps them to maintain separate accounts for local calls, International calls and data bundles.
Glo explained the need to enhance its reputation as one of the biggest voice and data carriers in
Among the operators on the African continent, Glo's General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) roaming footprint is also one of the largest. The service, which enables data roaming for mobile phones, laptops, ipads, Blackberry and android handsets is available in 115 countries comprising all major travel destinations. GPRS roaming enables the subscriber to access the value added services available on the Glo GPRS technology such as mobile Internet and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).
These are indeed promising times for Glo subscribers. With the history of several successes recorded by the network in the last decade, including incursions into other African countries and the bold investment in an international submarine cable, which has opened up
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