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Globacom has assured Nigerians and its growing subscribers of improved telecoms service on its network. This promised is based on the massive network expansion, swapping of old base stations with new ones and modernisation of existing infrastructure that are now in their final stages.
Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mr. Mohammed Jameel made this promise at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos recently.
Jameel, who spoke to journalists in company with other top executives of the company, including its Head of Operations, Mr. Bisi Koleosho, said 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.
The Globacom network, according to him, would have 90 per cent 3G coverage, the first in the industry, making it possible for Glo data subscribers across the country to experience significant service enhancement. He added that the project should be completed by the second quarter of the year.
“We embarked upon the network upgrade as part of our 10th anniversary celebration in August last year. The expansion project is to accommodate the mass movement of subscribers into the network. The sharp increase in subscriber figures led to the need for expansion in order to free up congestion on the network,” Jameel said.
He said having played a prominent role in the first telecom revolution in the country, Globacom is now ready to lead Nigeria into the second revolution, which will be an explosive ICT broadband growth across Nigeria in the next three decades.
“Globacom will be the biggest player in the second telecommunications revolution in Nigeria. We are converting every cell site in Nigeria into broadband. We regret any inconvenience our subscribers might have experienced in the process of the unprecedented network upgrade and expansion. After rain comes sunshine. Nigerians will enjoy the massive transformation on the Glo network after the expansion and modernisation exercise," he added.
Speaking further on the expansion and modernisation project, Koleosho said already the swapping of cell sites had been completed in Abuja, Oyo state, Osun State, Ogun State, AKwa Ibom State, Port Harcourt and several parts of Lagos including Lekki, Ikorodu, Agbara and Otta.
“The exercise is almost completed in Surulere and Ikeja and efforts have been intensified to cover the remaining parts of the country,” he said.
He disclosed that the project would cover 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 Africa.
The company’s existing 10,000km optic fibre network is also being expanded with IP MPLS and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network to provide capacity and route protection. It will also ensure constant (24/7) connectivity.
The project, according to Koleosho, also includes installation of new base stations and densification of existing ones, setting up of three new call centers across the country to take care of vast increase in subscriber figures and upgrade of the radio access network which will ensure that data customers enjoy unparalleled speed and reliability.