West African service providers, businesses and consumers will now have another capacity option as Globacom has officially opened for commercial business.
Developed via a partnership between Nigerian service provider Globacom and Alcatel-lucent, the 9,800 km Glo-1 cable stretches from the UK to West Africa with landing stations in Nigeria, London and Lisbon, and connects 17 countries.
Last September, the $250 million Glo-1 cable system landed initially in Lagos and in Accra in Ghana. With 2.5 Tbps of capacity, the Glo-1 cable has been ready for commissioning since July 2010.
Mike Adenuga Junior, Globacom's chairman, said the Glo-1 cable will provide Nigerian user's two benefits: become part of the competitive telecom landscape and make broadband access and long-distance voice service more affordable.
Activity in the African submarine cabling market has been gaining momentum in just the past year with the Glo-1 cable is just one of many projects taking place in the region. In addition to Glo-1, Main One and France Telecom have also been rolling out similar Europe to Africa submarine cable networks.
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