Glo Partners Huawei to Build Submarine Cable in Southern Nigeria

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Nigerian telecoms giant, Globacom, has partnered with Huawei to build a multi-billion naira optic fibre submarine cable, Glo 2, which will improve telecom services in the oil communities of Southern Nigeria.

The Glo 2 will be the first submarine cable in Nigeria to land outside Lagos with an approximate length of 850 kilometres and will be built from Glo 1 landing station, Alpha Beach in Lagos. With a capacity of 12 Terabit per second, it will provide high speed internet connectivity to offshore oil platforms and communities.

It is expected to built after the upgrade of the Glo 1 (international submarine cable built by Globacom in 2010 which runs from Nigeria to UK) which will be finished in May.

Speaking on the partnership, Globacom’s Regional Director (Technical), Mr. Sanjib Roy said:

“Glo2 will be the first submarine cable in Nigeria to land outside Lagos as the five existing submarine cables only landed in Lagos. Glo 2 will have capacity of 12Terabit per second and will provide ultra-high speed connection to oil platforms and communities to empower data coverage and support Enterprise market growth in this part of Nigeria.”

According to The Nation, the cable will be divided into three pairs. The first pair would connect Lagos directly to the Southern parts of Nigeria, it will also be connected to other parts of the country for maintenance purposes.

The second pair will serve high capacity (12 terabits) to offshore oil stations and communities connected directly to Bus, while the third pair will deliver high capacity to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola,and some others.

What Benefits Will the Glo 2 Provide?

With the Glo 2, Globacom is looking to enhance network efficiency in all its operating areas in the country and also to foster its expansion into other African countries. It would help in improving voice and data connection in the country and provide the much needed bandwidth and redundancy for surface fiber network to address the issue of fiber cut.

Glo 2 will provide high speed internet connectivity, which will help oil platforms improve their productivity with the upload high volume of data to remote oil platforms at the speed of light. It would also will provide economic as well as social empowerment for the communities in oil producing regions with a unique – high speed telecommunication service delivery.

 


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