Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nigeria - Launch of Glo 1 undersea cable marked by govt and regulator

[this day] Senate President, David Mark, will today at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, inaugurate for commercial use, Glo 1, the multi-million dollar international submarine cable built by leading telecoms operator, Globacom.

The ceremony is expected to be attended by several state governors, including Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos; Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State; Olagunsoye Oyinlola ofâ-‚ Osun State and Gbenga Daniel of Ogunâ-‚ State.

Also expected at the event are the Minister of Information and Communications, Dora Akunyili; Minister of Communications for Ghana, Haruna Idrissu; Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr Eugene Juwa; his predecessor, Ernest Ndukwe; captains of industries; information technology experts; chief executives of telecom companies, amongst others.

According to a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday, the 9,800 kilometre-long Glo 1 cable which Globacom built singlehanded is the first such facility which connects Nigeria and 13 other West African countries directly to the United Kingdom with a dedicated extension to the United States of America.

It noted that this is also the first time one single company has built such a project in the history of telecommunications in Africa, as it connects seamlessly to Glo's 10,000 kilometre fibre optic network in the country thus offering a seamless communication from end to end.

Glo 1 is expected to address the bandwidth problem which has hampered seamless telecom services in the West Africa sub-region by providing sufficient broadband capacity for the next twenty to thirty years. This will lead to unprecedented high speed internet services and make telecommunication much faster, more reliable and cheaper for consumers.

"The facility is offering the most comprehensive international communication services on the continent to bridge the digital divide between Nigeria/Africa and the rest of the world. Business activities that will benefit from the facility include information technology, banking, oil and gas, manufacturing and commerce, entertainment," Globacom said in the statement.

Glo 1 will facilitate foreign investment and employment opportunities, boost entertainment industry, e- banking, disaster management and Call Centre services. "Glo 1 will reshape Information and telecommunication system in West Africa and open windows to a new world of magical economic possibilities." Globacom said.

Unique offers available on the Glo 1 facility include world-class long distance voice, video and data communication services. The submarine cable will also boost e-medicine, including on-line diagnosis and video conferencing during surgery, distance learning, e-commerce and e-governance.

There will be live performances at the event by award-winning duo, P-Square, Sammy Okposo, Yemi Sax and Ego.

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