The 19-year historical past of the operation of Globacom Nigeria, an indigenous initiative owned by billionaire businessman, Michael Adenuga, is replete with tales of game-changing insurance policies and landmark offers that set it aside from different gamers. Festus Akanbi, on this report, writes on the multimillion naira take care of Ceragon Networks Restricted of Israeli to increase Glo’s broadband protection throughout Nigeria
Final week, the Nigerian telecommunications trade was jolted by media experiences saying the landmark settlement between Globacom Restricted (Glo) and Israeli community tools provider, Ceragon Networks Restricted to increase Glo’s nationwide broadband protection throughout Nigeria.
Particulars of the settlement present that Ceragon might be offering Globacom with a customized resolution that covers long-haul rural areas, high-capacity metro in addition to the entry community – enabling it to not solely improve its current subscribers’ high quality of expertise but additionally to increase its attain to develop its market share additional. The mission, initiated in This autumn 2021, is because of full deployment via the primary half of 2022.
The Nigerian Communications Fee, (NCC) charges Globacom because the second-largest telecom providers operator in Nigeria, with a 28.09% market share.
Prepared for 5G Networks
Nevertheless, the principle gist of the multimillion deal was given by the Chief Govt Officer of Ceragon Networks, Doron Arazi, who disclosed that Globacom’s community might be prepared for 5G, as Ceragon Networks’ options will present Globacom with a 10-gigabyte-per-second (Gbps) community capability over the air, with the power to improve to twenty Gbps, if mandatory.
In line with him, “This capability will strengthen the community of rural areas over lengthy distances, high-capacity metropolitan networks in addition to the entry community.”
In an announcement, Globacom defined that the community infrastructure extension aligns with its strategic growth plans to construct Africa’s largest and finest telecommunications community and supply high quality telecom providers to its clients.
It stated, “We imagine that our partnership with Ceragon will assist in our need to construct essentially the most strong, superior telecommunications community. Ceragon’s field-proven options and providers permit us to rapidly and reliably ramp up our 4G and future 5G community and capability wants whereas minimising our total Complete Price of Possession (TCO).”
Globacom, the Recreation Changer
These acquainted with the pioneering information of Globacom weren’t shocked by this far-reaching growth which guarantees to be a game-changer in GSM operations in Nigeria. The notion within the trade is that though it didn’t take part within the current 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum public sale for the deployment of Fifth Technology (5G) know-how to help the supply of common broadband providers in Nigeria, the place MTN Nigeria Plc and Mafab Communications Ltd emerged the 2 profitable winners, Globacom was however placing its home so as as a result of it deliberate to come back out massive, stronger and higher. That was why final week’s report on the settlement with the Israeli firm didn’t come as a shock. The idea is -Globacom is ready to take the stage by storm as soon as once more.
Proper from its inception in August 2003, Globacom has made a really loud assertion about its dedication to remain forward of the competitors by way of technological revolution. It additionally ensured its providers are inexpensive to all segments of Nigerian society.
Ending Per-Second Billing Debacle
As an organization that doesn’t concern challenges, Globacom turned a game-changer when it launched on per-second billing which the older networks stated was not potential. In doing that, Globacom turned the primary community in Africa to launch on a per-second billing platform. Belief the Nigerian market, instantly the corporate broke the jinx by way of per-second billing, it turned a family identify and inside 9 months, it made historical past as the primary community to amass one million subscribers in that house of time.
Nonetheless bent on making its providers inexpensive and available to the Nigerian market, Globacom additionally made historical past by crashing the price of SIMs from N20,000 and N50 a minute respectfully to as little as N200 and 5 kobos per second. The corporate has thus ensured large phone penetration in Nigeria.
By making telephony accessible to the widespread man, Glo is claimed to have accelerated nationwide growth. Business watchers believed that the truth that over 170 million Nigerians in each city and rural areas in the present day have entry to the phone is attributable to the community’s intervention. The Worldwide Telecommunication Union, an company of the United Nations, had in 2004 counseled Globacom for taking part in a crucial position within the revolution within the Nigerian telecommunication trade. It’s reputed because the innovation chief within the trade in Nigeria and Ghana. It pioneered Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), cellular banking, cellular web, car monitoring, pay as you go roaming, in-flight roaming, and so on.
Championing Technological Revolution
An evaluation of the nation’s telecoms trade confirmed that Glo was the one operator in Africa to have launched its operations on the superior 2.5G community which enabled the convergence of voice, knowledge and multimedia applied sciences.
The subsequent stage was the introduction of the 3G Plus know-how, which marked the second time that Globacom has been on the forefront of pioneering the newest transmission community in Nigeria, having launched the two.5G know-how at launch in 2003 when different operators have been working on the 2G platform. The 3G Plus know-how permits a lot quicker transmission of information, voice, broadband web and multimedia providers over a variety of frequencies. It permits clients to do a video name, video streaming and high-speed cellular web entry, amongst others, from their 3G cellular handset.
Thereafter, the corporate turned the primary community to launch a nationwide protection of the 4G-LTE community in Nigeria, thus availing its subscribers enhanced knowledge switch charges, unmatched cellular broadband expertise and excessive knowledge speeds and reliability.
Investing in Fibre Optic Spine
It is usually on document that Globacom has essentially the most in depth fibre optic spine throughout Nigeria. The power was constructed to additional improve voice and knowledge transmission for cellular and glued phone operations within the nation.
Globacom has additionally contributed to boosting worldwide connectivity in Nigeria by constructing and launching a global submarine cable, Glo 1. It was the primary time a single firm would implement such a large undersea mission in Africa. Along with boosting the supply of providers to telecom end-users, the power is presently offering the much-needed connectivity to crucial sectors of the economic system resembling oil and gasoline, manufacturing, banking, commerce, schooling and well being, amongst others.
The 9,800km-long cable has touchdown factors in Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana, Senegal, Nouakchott in Mauritania, Casablanca in Morocco, Vigo in Spain, Bude in England, etcetera.
The corporate stated Glo-1 delivers a lot quicker and strong connectivity for voice, knowledge and video. It defined additional that along with boosting the supply of providers to telecom end-users, the power is presently offering the much-needed connectivity to crucial sectors of the economic system resembling oil and gasoline, manufacturing, banking, commerce, schooling and well being, amongst others. This humongous subsea cable has elevated web connection between Nigeria and the remainder of the world.
As a part of its dedication to supply wonderful service, Globacom had earlier signed a take care of Eutelsat of France for satellite tv for pc deployment within the Nigerian market in the direction of the top of 2021.
The partnership deal was coming at a time when the federal authorities authorised the rollout of the 5G community in Nigeria, which can enhance web connectivity in city and rural communities.
The partnership between Globacom and Eutelsat is anticipated to boost the deployment of 500 Wi-Fi relay stations to far-flung rural areas, for connection to a Eutelsat satellite tv for pc.
It was gathered that likewise, French group, Vocalcom, which already manages the software program for Glo telecom’s name centres in Nigeria, is hoping to open a brand new deal within the mobile-money sphere with Globacom.
Due to this fact, analysts believed the newest enterprise deal between Globacom and Ceragon Networks Restricted will set a brand new threshold for GSM operation in Nigeria, particularly when the task is accomplished by the primary half of this 12 months.