Glo’s 21 years of revolutionalising Nigeria’s telecom sector

The story of Nigeria’s telecommunications sector cannot be told without mentioning a pioneer game-changer such as Globacom Nigeria Limited. When it comes to making money in Nigeria, keeping money in Nigeria and revolutionalising the sector in the last 21 years, Glo truly deserves its flowers.

What’s more, when other networks before Globacom said it was almost impossible to have per second billing in voice calls, and that it would take about 10 years to achieve that in Nigerian, Glo broke the jinx and started per second billing from day one. Glo also crashed the price of SIM cards without looking back.

Currently with over 61 million subscribers, Globacom, the digital solutions company, recently marked its 20th anniversary having commenced operations in 2003.

According to the company, “Globacom had since 2003 remained committed to providing its customers with world-class communications and digital services through constant deployment of latest technologies in line with the corporate promise to build a robust fully integrated ICT network infrastructure that would consistently deliver value to its esteemed customers.”

It’s pertinent to note that Glo began its revolutionary changes in the telecommunication sector in Nigeria by crashing the cost of acquiring SIM cards in the country from about N25,000 to just about N200. The network also disappointed bookmakers as it launched operations on a Per Second Billing platform, a feat other players had described as impossible to achieve until another five years.

Prominent among the innovations Glo pioneered in Nigeria were Blackberry, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Magic Plus, Glo Direct, Glo Fonepals, Africhat, Glo Mobile Internet, GloFleetmanager, M-Banking and Glo Mobile Office.

Glo was also the first to launch 2.5G, 3G and 4G LTE networks. It also singlehandedly built an international submarine cable, Glo 1 to connect West Africa directly to the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. It also connects 12 nations in the West African sub region, including some of them that are landlocked.

Furthermore, Glo1 is credited with crashing the cost of internet services and is today the preferred cable system by global OTT providers, which connects thousands of kilometres of national fibre to all parts of Nigeria.

Going by its value proposition and corporate promise, Glo remains a catalyst for socio-economic empowerment not only in Nigeria but also in Africa. The telecom giant has continued to invest massively in new technologies to exceed customers’ expectations.


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