Globacom targets October 2019 for completion of Glo 2 project
It unveiled the project’s plan at a contract-signing ceremony between Globacom and global telecom solutions vendors, Huawei, in Lagos yesterday.
Giving details of the project, Globacom’s Regional Director (Technical), Sanjib Roy, said the submarine cable would be built along the Nigerian coast from Alpha Beach in Lagos, where Glo 1 landing station is located to the Southern part of the country.
The Guardian learnt that the facility would enable ultra high capacity connection to the South-South region and would provide capacity for offshore oil platforms and the communities.
Besides, the prayer for a last mile infrastructure that would take bandwidth from the seashore to the hinterlands might have been answered as Glo 2 is expected to address these lapses.
Roy stated that the project would boost telecommunications services delivery in the country by providing socio-economic empowerment of communities in the oil producing areas.
He said the submarine cable would also provide high-speed Internet connectivity and digitalise oil platforms to improve productivity, upload data to remote oil platforms at the speed of light.
“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,” Roy stated.
The facility, he added, would be the first to provide dedicated submarine optical fiber to oil platforms to support the growth of Nigerian Economy and allow Oil Communities to reduce their operational expenditure.
“It is also designed for further expansion to Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola, among others,” he said.
Roy further explained that Glo2 would enable high capacity connections between oil companies’ offices onshore and their offshore locations, adding: “The New submarine cable will be approximately 850 kilometres long and will be named Glo2.
“The cable will be integrated to Globacom’s existing terrestrial Backbone Network to provide additional service redundancy, especially Abuja and other parts of the country.”
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