Globacom says that Glo 1 cable has landed in Lagos but not yet ready for business


Globacom announced last weekend that its long-delayed cable Glo 1 had landed in Lagos. Globacom’s Group Executive Director, Paddy Adenuga, said in a statement to mark the landing of the cable that Glo 1 “will stimulate a new era of prosperity in the continent by offering cheap, fast and reliable international calls, unprecedented fast access to the internet and revolutionary data transfer”.

The GED said the cumulative effect of the huge bandwidth and cheaper rates Glo 1 would bring to the continent “will empower Africans in the field of communications, education, agriculture, banking and health”.

Enumerating the benefits of the cable to the society at large in detail, Glo 1 will have a capacity of 640 gigabit per second and an ultimate capacity of 2.5 terabit per second.

Adenuga said Glo 1 would offer “99.9 per cent” up time reliability, distinctly clear long distance voice, video and data communication services to Africans, adding that the cable would support the large bandwidth requirements of direct consumers and other service providers.

Representatives of Globacom, Alcatel, and the media witnessed the historic anchoring of the cable that runs from the United Kingdom to its Landing Station at Alpha Beach, Lekki, Lagos.

Local journalists repeated the claim that it would connect 16 connects 16 West African countries as well as Mauritania and Morocco to the rest of the world and also talked of a phase two running to Angola and South Africa. However, with the exception of Ghana, there is little sign of the company having obtained licences in these countries.

After connecting the cable to its landing station in Lagos, the Intrepid, the ship which brought the Glo 1 cable, has headed for Accra, Ghana, Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire.

(sources: Vanguard and others)