Globacom (Glo), Nigeria’s second largest wireless operator by subscribers, has embarked on a network upgrade and expansion project in a bid to improve the coverage and quality of its mobile services. Local newspaper Daily Trust cites Glo’s chief operating officer, Mohamed Jameel, as saying that work on the overhaul of its infrastructure across the country has already begun and is scheduled for completion within the next twelve months. The project includes the rollout of new switches to ease congestion, the construction of an additional 4,000km of fibre-optic cable, the installation of new base transceiver stations (BTS), as well as the upgrade of its radio access network. ‘We are building a brand new network based on the latest technology and adequate capacity to cater for our growing subscriber base,’ Jameel commented, adding: ‘The project will include the optimisation of existing BTS, both 2G and 3G, for high speed data transmission, full integration of our backbone infrastructure with the Glo 1 international submarine cable and upgrade of the high capacity IP-based radio access network which will ensure that our data customers enjoy unparalleled speed and reliability.’ TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Glo Nigeria had a customer base of 24.125 million at the end of 2012 (a market share of 21.4%), placing it second in the market behind South Africa-owned MTN Nigeria with 47.44 million subscribers (42.1%) at the same date.
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