Glo 1, dawn of a new era in Africa – Ghanaian govt

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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