As part of Globacom’s expansion drive in Africa, the Nigerian Second National Operator has launched its privately-funded submarine cable, Glo 1, in Ghana last Friday.
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The launch, which precedes the rolling out of Glo Mobile Ghana network later in the year, will help deliver excellent and unparalleled quality service to people and institutions in Ghana when the telco’s services are rolled out, says Globacom’s Executive Director, Adewale Sangowawa.
He added that Glo 1 will also guarantee access to ultra fast and reliable internet connectivity thus driving the business community in West Africa.
Globacom has been penetrating the African telecom market gradually since it launched its network in Nigeria in 2003 followed by Benin Republic in 2006. In between acquiring a license to operate in Ghana in 2008 and Senegal in 2010, reports say the telco also secured operating licenses in Liberia and The Gambia.
According to Ghana’s Vice President John Mahama who launched the cable, Glo 1 will improve financial and health services, educational system and transform the agriculture sector for the country whose telecom sector now boasts of over 17 million subscribers with a teledensity of 75 percent and an increase in internet users from 2.3 million in 2008 to over 4.2 million by 2010.
“The increase of bandwidth in the country would deepen competition, reduce cost and improve the quality of services,” he said, adding that it would also promote BPO.
The 9,800km-long cable runs on a huge capacity that is up-gradable to up to 2.5 terabytes per second, offers 99.9 percent long distance voice, video and data communication services to the African customer and caters for long-term bandwidth requirements for voice and data transmission. Glo 1 would link the UK, Spain and Portugal and 13 other African countries with a dedicated link to the USA.
However, while Group COO of Globacom, Mohammed Jameel, believes Glo 1 can trigger unmatched socio-economic revolution in several sectors including telecom, agricultural, transportation and tourism, and Deputy Secretary-General of ITU, Houlin Zhao, said the cable would improve connectivity, reduce communication cost and enable new and valuable services in the region including distance learning and the creation of virtual private networks, observations are rife that there could be stiff competition between Glo 1 and recently-launched open access submarine cable system, Main One.