|*Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr, Globacom Chairman|
By ROMMY IMAH
Glo 1, Globacom’s international submarine cable, is gradually becoming the bandwidth provider of choice having signed on a number of major oil companies in the past few months. So far, the international submarine cable has as clients, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Total ELf, Chevron, Agip, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), ExxonMobil and TransOcean.
Folu Aderibigbe, Head of Glo 1 Enterprise Solutions said in a press statement in Lagos that the most recent of the deals was the one signed with ExxonMobil. According to the terms of the contract, Glo 1 will provide the oil major high-speed international bandwidth link that will connect its offices in Lagos and the United Kingdom.
“Our network solution will provide ExxonMobil seamless connectivity for running data applications, voice communications and video transmissions between its Lagos and UK offices,” Aderibigbe explained.
It could be recalled that Glo 1 had last month announced a 10-year deal with SPDC to provide the oil company connectivity between its operational hubs in Lagos and the Niger Delta. Glo 1 is also providing the other oil companies that had signed on to it a range of domestic and international connectivity solutions.
While expressing delight at the choice of Glo 1, for bandwidth services by the major oil companies in the country, Aderibigbe said, “We are pleased to be worthy partners with these companies. Given how critical the oil and gas industry is to the economy of our country, we are proud to be playing a role in the growth of the sector. Almost every oil major has come on board. It is a vote of confidence in Glo 1.”
He assured existing and potential customers of an excellent communication network and cost-effective voice, data, video and e-commerce services across Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.
Glo 1 has since its launch signed on more than forty companies from different industry segments. IT experts believe the development is because of Glo 1's expertise in providing customised solutions specific to the needs of different industry verticals; from information technology to banking, oil and gas, medicine, manufacturing and commerce.
Glo 1’s national network infrastructure comprises over 10,000 kms of optical fibre, and over 5,000 Kms of Microwave backbone that practically covers the entire nation. The international network comprises a solely owned submarine cable system, a 9,800 Kms long cable from Lagos to UK connecting Nigeria and 13 other West African nations to UK.
With a capacity of up to 2.5 terabits per second, as well as 99.9% up time reliability, customers are assured of much faster, more reliable and cheaper Internet services. Glo1 has connectivity with top international carriers which gives it a global reach and enables it to offer international standard Service Level Agreements, giving the customer guaranteed world-class services at highly affordable price, Aderibigbe explained.