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Glo partners Huawei to boost ICT in Nigeria

Telecommunication’s company, Globacom,
again takes a giant leap to boost ICT in Nigeria
with its planned construction of a multi-billion
naira optic fibre submarine cable which will run
across oil platforms and communities in
Nigeria.
Named Glo 2, the initiative was unveiled at a
contract-signing ceremony between the national
operator, Globacom, and global telecom
solutions vendors, Huawei, on Tuesday at the
Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Globacom’s Regional Director, Technical, Mr
Sanjib Roy, said at the ceremony that the
submarine cable would wind round the Nigerian
coast from Alpha Beach in Lagos, where Glo 1
landing station is located, to the Southern part
of Nigeria as well as availing ultra high capacity
connection to the South-South Region where
capacity will be provided to offshore oil
platforms and the communities.
Globacom’s Executive Director, Legal, Mrs
Gladys Talabi; Mr. Folu Aderibigbe of Globacom,
and Deputy Managing Director, Huawei
Technologies, Mr Li Shaowei, at a contract-
signing ceremony between the two companies
on the construction of Glo 2, a multi-billion
naira optic fibre submarine cable on Tuesday at
the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Glo 2 project is expected to boost
telecommunication service delivery in the
country and add to the economic and social
empowerment of the communities in the oil
producing regions. It will equally provide high
speed internet connectivity as well as digitalize
oil platforms with a view to improving
productivity by uploading data to remote oil
platforms at the speed of light.
According to him, “Glo2 will be the first
submarine cable in Nigeria to land outside
Lagos as the five existing submarine cables
only landed in Lagos. Glo 2 will have capacity of
12Terabit per second and will provide ultra-high
speed connection to oil platforms and
communities to empower data coverage and
support Enterprise market growth in this part of
Nigeria”.
He further disclosed that Glo is the first to
provide dedicated submarine optical fiber to oil
platforms to support the growth of the Nigerian
economy while assisting Oil Communities to cut
down on their operational expenditure. “It is
also designed for further expansion southwards
to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola,
among others,” he said.
Mr Roy added that Glo 2 would enable high
capacity connections between oil companies’
offices onshore and their offshore locations.
“The New submarine cable will be
approximately 850 kilometres long and will be
named Glo2. The cable will be integrated to
Globacom’s existing terrestrial Backbone
Network to provide additional service
redundancy, especially Abuja and other parts of
the country”, he posited.
While the cable would contain three fiber pairs,
with the first pair connecting Lagos directly to
the Southern part of Nigeria with terrestrial
extension to other parts of the country for
redundancy and maintenance purposes, the
second will be equipped with eight switchable
Branching Units (BUs) which will deliver high
capacity to offshore oil stations and
communities connected directly to BUs, with the
third pair equipped with two (2) switchable
Branching Units to deliver high capacity to
Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
The new project complements the Glo 1
international submarine cable built by Globacom
in 2010 which is the only one of its kind in
Nigeria managed end to end, from Lagos to
London, by a single business concern and
currently supplies sufficient bandwidth to the
West African sub-region.
Managing Director of Huawei , Mr. Li Belfang
declared at the event that Huawei is proud to
partner with Globacom to build a revolutionary
submarine cable using innovative and leading
technology. “We believe the cable would bring a
new era of digitalization to Nigerian economy”,
he said.

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