Benin’s newest wireless licensee Globacom (Glo) has announced it has completed its first test call. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms the Nigeria-based Globacom was awarded a GSM licence in August 2007. The company came top in an auction that supposedly pitched it against unnamed competitors from Libya and several other African countries. Reports from Cotonou said Globacom won the bid on the strength of its technical superiority, and its promise to roll out a network within three months.
Globacom is Nigeria’s second national operator (SNO), and was awarded licences to provide GSM, fixed voice, data and long-distance telephony services in August 2002, for which it paid USD200 million. The company became the fastest growing mobile operator in the country, signing up a million subscribers in the first nine months of operations, and claimed in excess of ten million customers by September 2007. Globacom is majority owned by Nigerian petrochemical firm Conpetro, which is itself owned by entrepreneur Mike Adenuga. The company is 100%-owned by Nigerian investors.