Nigeria’s leading telecommunications operator, Globacom, has commenced a massive network expansion and technical network upgrade project running into several billions of Naira that will signifi cantly enhance the quality of customer experience on the network.
The company’s Group Chief Operating Offi cer, Mohamed Jameel, said the move which will see Globacom investing upscaling its network with latest technology in telecommunications, was part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the telecoms operator.
Jameel explained that the project, which has already started, involves network upgrade and overhaul of infrastructure across the country as well as expansion and densifi cation projects that will on completion within the next one year enable the network to cater for its existing and potential subscribers.
“The project includes building of new switches, increasing of mobile switching centres to ease congestion and construction of additional 4,000 km of optic fi bre cable which will complement the existing fi bre optic facility which is the most extensive fi bre coverage of Nigeria. Glo has state-of-the-art IP/ MPLS and TDM technologies (30 gigabyte capacity) to meet requirements of enterprise customers, video, voice and data services. The TDM network is being upgraded to a fully integrated Generalised Multi-protocol Label Switching (GMPLS),” Jameel said.
He said part of the upgrade also includes the installation of new base stations and densifi cation of existing ones, setting up of three new mini call centers across the country to take care of vast increase in subscriber fi gures and upgrade of the radio access network which will ensure that data customers enjoy unparalleled speed and reliability.
“We are building a brand new network based on latest technology and adequate capacity to cater for our growing subscriber base. The project will include the optimization of the existing Base Transceiver Stations (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.
“We are also deepening network reception across the country as we accelerate the pace of planned rollout of base stations. Virtually every Nigerian community will benefi t from the network upgrade. All major cities and medium-size cities will have 3G coverage to ensure that the quality of high speed internet service and data transfers will be similar to what you will fi nd anywhere in Europe or America,” he added.