Globacom gets mobile licence in Côte d'Ivoire
Nigerian operator, Globacom has taken another major step towards its vision to be the biggest and best telecoms operator in Africa by obtaining an operating licence in Cote d'Ivoire. The approval was conveyed to Globacom by the Agence des Telecommunications de Cote d'Ivoire, the telecommunications regulatory authorities of the Francophone country.
The licence will enable Globacom take advantage of its gigantic trans-Atlantic submarine cable, Glo 1, which will branch off to Cote d'Ivoire. Commenting on the new licence, Globacom's Group Executive Director, Paddy Adenuga, said it had given impetus to the network's desire to provide the needed opportunity for West African countries and the whole of Africa to leap forward economically through an excellent communication network and a cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services.
"In line with our vision, we are building a network that will provide the most comprehensive international communication services on the continent to bridge the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world," Adenuga stated.
With the new licence, Glo will provide international carrier services for telecoms operators in Cote d'Ivoire, aggregate and carry voice and data traffic into and out of the country. Globacom is in Nigeria and Benin Republic as well as Ghana where it is geared to commercially launch its operations very soon. The telecoms giant is also in the process of securing more licences across the continent.
The company which started operations in Nigeria in August, 2003 and in Benin Republic in June 2008 has connected over 28 million subscribers in both countries.