Nigeria: Globacom to rollout fiber optic services
Nigeria’s Second National Operator and Third Generation (3G) compliant telecommunications company, Globacom Limited, has taken its vision of positioning itself on the continent to a higher level by commissioning the first portion of its $700 million fiber optic cable to link Nigerian cities.
The executive director of Marketing Communications at Globacom, Mr Okon Iyanam, said the Minna-Abuja route of the fibre backbone, which was launched Thursday 22 November 2007 will carry all the traffic for Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states with accompanying benefits to nearby cities and communities.
Commissioning the project, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Mu?azu Babangida Aliyu, described the project as a new dawn in telecommunications services in the state, as well as neighbouring states, adding that the facility would boost government and private businesses in the region.
He also said the project would further reposition the state for e-governance, stressing that only the best of telecommunications infrastructure would enable Nigeria to catch up with the rest of the world in the march towards digital inclusion.
Glo’s Optic Fibre project he said, was a step in the right direction and one more demonstration of Globacom?s innovativeness to the telecoms revolution in the country.
“I recall that Glo pioneered per second billing, made the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) affordable and introduced a number of value added services (VAS) such as multimedia messaging and Blackberry,” he declared.
For him, Glo has indeed made, apart from the Nigerian nation, the whole of Africa proud with its avalanche of innovative products as far as telecommunications is concerned.
Expertly described as an information super highway, Glo’s fiber optic cable will transmit voice and data at the speed of light, unlike satellite and microwave transmission platforms that are used by some telecommunications companies, fiber optics have a much faster speed of data transmission, voice and broadband internet and multimedia services over a range of frequencies.
The chief operating officer at Globacom, Jameel Mohamed, said the fiber optic backbone has the ability to transmit data at higher transmission rates with lower losses as well as the ability to do this at lower error rates.
Jameel disclosed that the network would boost communications in Nigeria, as it would eliminate the problems associated with satellite and microwave transmission mediums.
“At present, service providers rely on satellite based operators for their bandwidth requirements. These are dependent on weather and therefore not completely reliable. A thunderstorm can render the microwave and satellite ineffective. Fiber optics guarantee high speed, reliable data and voice connectivity to meet the large bandwidth requirements of service providers,” he stated.
Jameel added that the service offers a high-speed solution for enterprises with large communication requirements. It is a dedicated point-to-point bandwidth, and since the bandwidth is wholly dedicated to the customer, the service provides secure, reliable and high-speed connectivity.
This exclusive, high capacity, high-speed digital circuit provides the customer an opportunity to combine a variety of telecommunication applications, including the transmission of point-to-point voice, high speed data, fax and video, said Jameel.
He explained that the service is ideal for establishing an integrated network to serve a variety of functions within a wide area network of an organization.
“We have put in place a network of infinite capacity, so that the consumer can scale his bandwidth requirement as his need grows. The service is also much cheaper than satellite based transmissions because the satellite bandwidth providers retail bandwidths that they procure in bulk and this makes their services very expensive. Our optic fibre service thus offers the customer the best value for money,” Jameel stated.
The facility is also expected to provide land bandwidth for offices and corporate organizations and that telecom companies, internet service providers, individual businesses, manufacturers, oil companies, banks and financial institutions, governments and other corporate organizations will now have a better alternative for their bulk voice and data transmission requirements.
After the installation of the cables, the people of Niger, Sokoto and Kebbi states and neighbouring towns will witness a revolution in data transfers as they now will have a much faster transmission of data, voice, broadband internet and multimedia services over a range of frequencies.
The dedicated bandwidth along with the sophisticated software and hardware ensures that the flow of information remains confidential between two communication points.
The Globacom backbone infrastructure moves in a ring and provides a self-healing, back up every inch of its route. This ensures that if there is any problem at a point, the traffic will be re-directed and connection will be automatically re-established by a parallel loop in the ring.