GLOBACOM: Submarine cables berth in Lagos and Accra

ACCRA – The world’s first submarine optic fibre cable to be built by a single individual company, Globacom, has berthed in Accra, Ghana. This comes barely three weeks after Glo-1 landed in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 9,800km long cable which stretched from the UK with dedicated extension to the US, spreads across all the West African countries and will be anchored to its landing station at Osu Ice Company Beach, Accra, Ghana.

The landing of Glo-1 in Ghana will also boost the operations of Glo Mobile Ghana, which is getting set for a nationwide roll-out.
The 640 gigabyte cable with optimum capacity of 2.5 terabyte will also be made available to other telecom operators who are keen to tap from the immense benefits of the huge bandwidth of Glo-1.


On Saturday, September 5, 2009, the trans atlantic cable was pulled ashore at Alpha Beach, Lagos, Nigeria by officials of Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent, the world acclaimed leader in submarine cable technology.
The historic moment, witnessed by the cream of Nigerian media, has drawn wide praises for Globacom from within and outside the country.

The trend in the global telecommunication industry is for a consortium of companies or even nations to combine resources to build submarine cables as was the case with the SAT-3 cable which was built by a consortium of 36 countries.

Globacom Group Executive Director, Mr. Paddy Adenuga, said Glo-1 would deliver transmission capacity that would radically change Nigeria and Africa’s economic landscape by opening up the continent to the rest of the world.

Explaining the processes leading to the landing of the cable, the GED said that implementing submarine cable projects, particularly one spanning about 10,000 km from London to Lagos is an initiative that usually takes between two to two and a half years to complete.

photo – Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr



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