Nigeria’s Globacom to upgrade base stations and roll out 400 new sites

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Globacom, a Nigerian multinational telecommunications company headquartered in Lagos, is set to roll out 400 additional sites this year, with a view to upgrading the existing Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), and improving customer services and expand to new cities.

Globacom’s Group Chief Technical Officer, Sanjib Roy, who unveiled the new plans, said the telco company would roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) in 1800MHz band for greater handset compatibility and subscriber adoption.

Roy said “we are planning to roll out LTE in 1800 Band this year in major cities to increase our Data penetration in 4G LTE, and allow higher handset adoption to enable and empower the masses and harness the future into their hands”.

He disclosed that to stimulate business growth in Nigeria, Globacom would also come with new enterprise products to cater to the need of the small and medium scale enterprise (SMEs). The products that will be rolled out include MPLS VPN; leased lines; dedicated Internet access; 4G-LTE Enterprise Internet; co-location; mobile CUG, broadband through ADSL, and a host of others.

Roy also revealed plans by the firm to roll out the Glo2 submarine cable before the year ends, to provide bandwidth for local ICT business to flourish, and also provide back up for the terrestrial fibre route from Port Harcourt to Lagos.

Globacom’s Senior Manager of Marketing Communications, Sola Mogaji also spoke on plans to commence a mobile money service in Nigeria. He said the telecommunications company is bringing innovation to the financial transaction process in the country with the launch of its mobile money platform tagged: ‘Glo Mobile Money’ which is expected to become a reality in a couple of weeks.

Mogaji noted that Glo Mobile Money will not require any user to go through any banking platform, and there will be no need for high-end phones for any transaction to be carried out by any subscriber of the service.

The network operator also revealed other services in its suite due for unveiling in the coming weeks, like the Glo Drive, which is a cloud storage platform that offers subscribers the opportunity to access Glo data service even when they are offline.

Globacom will also unveil the Glo Health Care App, which is expected to provide customers the opportunity to have access to about 300 specialised doctors for their health issues, such as blood pressure, sugar level among others.

On its entertainment platform, Glo Entertainment will thrill the network’s customers with over 12,000 blockbuster movies, two million songs and 10,000 games.

The company also revealed it will be launching services such as Glo Call Connect Services, Glo Business Travel Service, and its artificial intelligence service, Glo TITI, very soon.

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