Nigeria: Glo Mobile Ghana Gets Launch Date and slips again
Globacom announced that on January 19, 2012, it would formally begin commercial operations on its network in Ghana. However, today, the 20th of January it has only started a “number reservation campaign”.
Speaking at the Glo CAF Awards which held in Accra, George Andah, the Chief Operating Officer of Glo Ghana, said that the company would pre-empt the launch by holding a series of 'activities' designed to ensure that Glo Mobile's 'superior services' get the launch they deserve. In other words, they’re still not ready yet….
Globacom has operations in Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Benin and Cote d'Ivoire. Having received its licence in November 2008, the fledgling operation has found itself mired in delay and controversy. In November this year the cellco's Nigerian parent postponed the latest revised launch of its Glo Mobile service, citing 'logistical constraints.'
Globacom had earlier announced that its official launch in Ghana would take place on November 17, 2011, three years after first receiving a licence to offer services. Glo Mobile Ghana plans an aggressive entry to the domestic mobile market, and claims it would go live with almost 100 per cent coverage.
The Nigerian owned telecom company is said to have invested about $600 million in Ghana since receiving its concession to deploy a 'unique, seamless and world class LTE network'. Glo Mobile said it has initial capacity for at least ten million customers for starters and that its network capacity was expandable.
The newcomer has five switching centres, 18 base station controllers, 1,600 base transceiver stations, 800 3.5G cell sites, 2,850km of fibre, 25 retail outlets across the country, and around 400 staff.