Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Nigeria - broadband

Nigeria: Glo Broadaccess to Rollout 60,000 Fixed Lines

Glo BroadAccess, a subsidiary of Glomobile is set to roll out 60,000 lines of its fixed wireless services throughout the country within the next few weeks.

Making this known during a chat with newsmen in Lagos, Mr. Martins Olowonihi, Chief Operating Officer (COO), BroadAccess, said that the 60,000 lines will be rolled out in phases.

Specifically, he said the company plans to revolutionise the country's underdeveloped fixed telephony by ensuring that no fewer than 300,000 lines are made readily available in the next 18 months.

Olowonihi, who was flanked by Mr. Ashok Nehra, Chief Technical Officer,

BroadAccess and Mr. Col Satish, Chief Technical Officer, Implementation, said that the company has deployed the enabling infrastructure in all the six geopolitical zones in the country to enable it offer an unparalleled quality of service in the industry.

He said the eventual launch of the services would enable a competitive price regime in the industry in the same way its parent company, Globacom had employed price deregulation to revolutionise the GSM sector of the economy.

Already, he said several corporate organisations including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), banks and oil companies are presently on its network.

The fixed (BroadAccess) brings innovative, cost-effective solutions to cater for customers' needs. Unlike the CDMA, the network thrives upon wired optic-fibre platform giving it unlimited bandwidth to avoid network congestion and enhance reliability and quality.

BroadAccess will among other things, provide subscribers with a different bouquet of products including video on demand, high quality voice calls, competitive pricing, high speed internet connectivity and voice/data transmission using the Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL),) a new modern technology that enables an ordinary telephone line to reach speeds up to 1024kbps.

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