Glo 1, dawn of a new era in Africa – Ghanaian govt
THE government of Ghana has described the landing of Globacom’s multi-million dollar international submarine optic fibre cable in Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday, as the beginning of a new dawn in telecommunications industry in Africa.
Ghanaian Communications Minister, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu, described the development as “an added impetus for improved communication in Ghana in particular and Africa in general.
“Glo 1 marks an important milestone in the telecoms landscape of Ghana in our quest to improve upon the delivery of improved communications infrastructure and services to enhance efficient and affordable data services and management.”
He congratulated Globacom for landing Glo 1 in Ghana and urged the global telecom giant to use the moment to reduce the wholesale international gateway connectivity price, which currently hovers around $4,500 for an E1 in Ghana.
Iddrisu, Globacom’s Group Executive Director, Mr. Paddy Adenuga and the Director-General of National Communications Authority of Ghana, Bernard A. Forson Jr., received the cable from Alcatel-Lucent officials at exactly 1.15 p.m at the landing station in Osu Ice Company Beach, Accra.
“Glo 1 will facilitate the expansion of market opportunities for broadband service providers and, thereby, help reduce transaction cost for broadband services,” he added.
Iddrisu noted the happiness of Ghanaian government that the cable would facilitate “world class, long distance voice, video and data communications services for Ghana,” stating that “Glo deserves commendation for this investment which is of immense economic value.”
The landing of the Glo 1 cable in Accra comes three weeks after it first berthed in Lagos, Nigeria.
The cable had landed at Alpha Beach, Lekki, Lagos,on September 5.
The landing of Glo 1 in Ghana will also boost the preparation for the nationwide launch of Glo Mobile Ghana.
The 9,800km-long cable was laid from the United Kingdom through Mauritania, Morocco and 16 West African countries with dedicated extension to New York, United States.
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This is the mail:
From: Central Bank of Nigeria [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:17 PM
To: undisclosed recipients:
Subject: APPLY FOR YOUR NEW ATM MICROCHIPS AND PIN CARD (VERVE)
Dear ATM Card User,
This is to hereby notify you of the recent Central Bank of Nigeria
Directive to all banks to switch to the new and secured chip ATM cards.
With this directive,all old ATM cards shall be inactivated.
With the new Cards,there shall be no more transaction charges when you use
your ATM cards and it is more secured.go to the website below to register for your new card;
You are getting this mail because you have not updated.
Office Address:Tinubu Square,Lagos
Postal Address:P.M.B. 12194,Lagos.
Fax: +234(1)882 617
SCAM CBN site: http://customeroperation.t35.com/online/cbn.html
Heres the screenshot of the fraudulent website: (click to enlarge)
Kudos to these scammers, they at least put some energy? into their endeavor by listing all Nigerian banks, and trying to show ‘many people’ logged on. See screenshots below:
Can scammers be rebranded?
Yes, and maybe No.
not until our guys at the EFCC get their act together, employ core IT people into core IT areas to track and bait scammers. The EFCC website itslef is hosted abroad – thus they are dependent on their own ‘service providers’. How then can the EFCC provide service?
Mr. Tony Ede’s P.O.Box and phone numbers above are valid. If you call the number, it will ring, someone will pick up and say hello. I tried it, told the man I wanted to speak to Amaka, and our guy (whether he’s Mr. Tony or not, I don’t know) told me its a wrong number.
Can God help us? maybe Not.